“The F-35 lands really fast. It’s not an F-16, 18 or 111,” said Peter Layton, a former Australian air force officer now at the Griffith Asia Institute, referring to older, less sophisticated military aircraft than the F-35.
“I’m very surprised the emergency gear down systems didn’t work, or weren’t used,” 他说.
Layton also expressed surprise that the South Korean pilot didn’t eject, “but clearly they did the right thing,” 他说.
An investigation into the incident was underway, South Korean officials said.
South Korea received its first US-made F-35 in 2019 as part of an initial order of 40 of the single-engine jets, according to the plane’s manufacturer, 洛克希德·马丁.
Versions of the F-35 are also flown by the US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps as well as US allies and partners including Japan, 英国, 澳大利亚, 意大利, 挪威, the Netherlands and Israel. More countries have orders in for the jet.
Tuesday’s accident is the first for a South Korean F-35, but the jets have been involved in at least eight other incidents, according to records kept by crowdsourced website F-16.net.
The most recent of those was the loss of a British F-35
, which crashed into the Mediterranean Sea off the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in November
. The pilot ejected safely from that plane
在五月 2020, the pilot ejected safely when a US Air Force F-35 crashed on landing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida
. The Air Force attributed the crash to a variety of a factors involving the pilot and the plane’s systems
在四月份 2019, a Japanese F-35 crashed into the Pacific Ocean off northern Japan
, killing its pilot
. The Japanese military blamed that crash on spatial disorientation
, “a situation in which a pilot cannot sense correctly the position
, or the motion of an airplane
,” according to the journal Military Medicine
Lockheed Martin says the F-35 “is the most lethal, survivable and connected fighter aircraft in the world, giving pilots an advantage against any adversary and enabling them to execute their mission and come home safe.”