South Korean F-35A fighter jet makes emergency ‘belly landing’

According to professionals, the “belly landing” — touching down with landing equipment pulled back — was an extraordinary occasion for the $100 million US-designed stealth fighter now in usage or on order by more than a lots nations.

“The jet did an emergency landing as the landing gear did not extend. This would mean the jet did the ‘belly landing,'” stated a South Korean military authorities, who would not verify whether the airplane suffered any damage in the occurrence.

Even if it did, it would show exceptional flying abilities by the pilot, whom authorities stated left the landing, according to a South Korean military authorities.

“A gear-up landing on the F-35 may be quite difficult and dangerous because of the angle of attack the aircraft has on approach to touchdown,” stated David Cenciotti, a previous Italian flying force officer and editor of The Aviationist blog site.

“The F-35 lands really fast. It’s not an F-16, 18 or 111,” stated Peter Layton, a previous Australian flying force officer now at the Griffith Asia Institute, describing older, less advanced military airplane than the F-35.

“I’m very surprised the emergency gear down systems didn’t work, or weren’t used,” he stated.

Layton likewise revealed surprise that the South Korean pilot didn’t eject, “but clearly they did the right thing,” he stated.

An examination into the occurrence was in progress, South Korean authorities stated.

South Korea got its very first US-made F-35 in 2019 as part of a preliminary order of 40 of the single-engine jets, according to the airplane’s maker, Lockheed Martin.

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Variations of the F-35 are likewise zipped the United States Flying Force, Navy and Marine Corps along with United States allies and partners consisting of Japan, the UK, Australia, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands and Israel. More nations have orders in for the jet.

Tuesday’s mishap is the very first for a South Korean F-35, however the jets have actually been associated with a minimum of 8 other events, according to records kept by crowdsourced site F-16.web.

The most current of those was the loss of a British F-35, which crashed into the Mediterranean Sea off the attack aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in November. The pilot ejected securely from that airplane.
In May 2020, the pilot ejected securely when a US Flying force F-35 crashed on landing at Eglin Flying force Base in Florida. The Flying force associated the crash to a range of an aspects including the pilot and the airplane’s systems.
In April 2019, a Japanese F-35 crashed into the Pacific Ocean off northern Japan, eliminating its pilot. The Japanese military blamed that crash on spatial disorientation, “a situation in which a pilot cannot sense correctly the position, attitude, altitude, or the motion of an airplane,” according to the journal Armed force Medication.

Lockheed Martin states 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.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.