US-made F-35s fighter jet forced to make dramatic belly landings after crash in South Korea

South Korea has grounded all its advanced fleets. F-35 fighter jetsAn investigation into the dramatic emergency landing is pending, officials said Wednesday. When the landing gear on the South Korean F-35A stopped working due to a major system malfunction, the pilot chose not to exit and instead landed the jet on his stomach – leaving without injury. ۔


The heart-wrenching incident on Tuesday launched an investigation into an air force base in the west of the country, during which South Korean F-35s will be grounded.

A Defense Ministry official told AFP: “With the investigation, the entire (F-35) fleet has been stopped from flying,” a Defense Ministry official told AFP.


South Korea ordered 40 F-35A variants from its US company Lockheed Martin in 2014, receiving the first shipment five years later.

Shin Okchul, vice chief of staff of the Republic of Korea’s air force, shared dramatic details in a parliamentary hearing on Wednesday.


Shin told lawmakers that the F-35A was flying at low altitude when the pilot heard an explosion, prompting him to check the aircraft’s system.

“All systems stopped working except for the flight control and the engine,” he said, adding that the pilot then chose not to exit and tried to land a Bailey.

Shen said the army sprayed a special foam on the runway of the air base to prevent the explosion from being caused by friction caused by the plane’s high-speed contact with the surface.


He said this was the first time an attempt had been made to land a Bailey landing on an F-35.

The Supersonic F-35 Lightning II is one of the most powerful and agile fighters in the world, with stealth technology and advanced communications.

Three types are designed for different types of missions.


And while its unit cost has dropped in recent years, it is considered to be the most expensive weapons system ever developed by the United States.

The program also suffers from numerous delays, cost overruns and technical glitches.

Prior to the South Korean incident, a recent jet crash involved a British F-35B falling into the Mediterranean in November during takeoff from an HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier.

Its pilot got out safely.

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