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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 217115
Last updated: 28 March 2020
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Time:15:49 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic F2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Mitsubishi F-2
Owner/operator:Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF)
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:west off Kushu -   Japan
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Tsuiki Airbase (RJFZ)
Destination airport:Tsuiki Airbase (RJFZ)
Two F-2 fighter jets contacted each other midair during mutual aircraft check after combat training with two other F-2's over East China Sea off Kushu, 200 km west of Tsuiki Airbase. The leader's F-2 lost a small portion of the vertical stabilzer, and No.2 F-2 lost a part of the missile launcher under the left wing, and got a scratch on the fuel tank. Both pilots declared emergency. The No.1 F-2 landed safely at Tsuiki at 16:22 LT, and the second followed at 16:30 LT. Both pilots suffered no injuries. The troubled F-2 had carried no missile. No fuel leak was observed.

On 5th December, JASDF released a summary of the investigation report. The cause of the accident was breakdown of communication between two pilots in mutual visual check. After the leader finishing a check on the No.2 F-2, he ordered the No.2 pilot to turn left and to check on No.1 F-2 simultaneously, however, No.2 pilot only understood the left turn order, and thought that his plane was to be checked by No.1 continuously. As a result, both pilots did not keep visual contact each other.


Revision history:

02-Nov-2018 15:24 isamuel Added
05-Dec-2018 13:53 isamuel Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]

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