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Japan F-35A pilot called a stop to mission before crash

Purchases of the Lockheed Martin jet could be impacted if probe finds a defect

The first operational F-35A was delivered to Japan in February 2018.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The pilot of a Lockheed Martin F-35A stealth fighter jet that crashed into the Pacific Ocean called an end to his training exercise just before the plane went down, it was learned Wednesday.

Japan's Defense Ministry has launched an investigation to determine the cause of Tuesday's crash, which will be carried out by the ministry's aircraft accident investigation commission. The Japan Air Self-Defense Force has requested the U.S. military's cooperation for the probe as well.

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