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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.

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