WASHINGTON DC: A US F-35 stealth bomber suffered millions of dollars in harm after colliding with a fowl throughout take-off from an air base in Japan, the US Marine Corps stated in a press release Wednesday.
“On May 7, 2019 an F-35B with Marine Plane Group 12, 1st Marine Plane Wing aborted take-off as a consequence of a fowl strike at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and safely taxied off the runway,” the assertion stated.
The pilot was not damage within the incident, it stated.
Pictures circulating on social media confirmed what appeared to a type of falcon caught beneath the aircraft.
A harm evaluation report has not but been accomplished however the Marine Corps categorised the incident as class “A,” that means the harm is anticipated to exceed $2 million.
The F-35 program was launched within the 1990s and has value virtually $400 billion, making it the most costly weapons system ever developed by the Pentagon.
The protection division plans to construct some 2,500 of the warplanes within the a long time to return.
The F-35B is a brief take-off and touchdown variant of the aircraft, developed for the Marine Corps. Every aircraft prices $115 million to construct.