American F-35B Stealth Fighter Suffers Wheel Failure in Okinawa

An American F-35B Lightning II was being towed on the ground at the Kadena Air Base in Okinawa when its front wheel failed, causing the jet to take an embarrassing nose dive.
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An American F-35B Lightning II was being towed on the ground at the Kadena Air Base in Okinawa when its front wheel failed, causing the jet to take an embarrassing nose dive.

The failure happened on Thursday around 1:40 p.m. local time, according to Japanese news outlet NHK.

The pilot made a precautionary landing at Kadena Air Base after suspected electrical problems, according to the outlet. The Marine Corps is reportedly investigating the cause of the problems. No one was injured.

The 1st Marine Aircraft Wing said in a statement:

The pilot performed as trained and chose the safest option, landing the aircraft safely in accordance with standard procedures. While being towed the front landing gear malfunctioned causing the nose of the aircraft to touch the ground.

There are no injuries as a result of the landing gear malfunction, and a detailed investigation will be conducted.

Operating our aircraft safely and effectively is a top priority and our aviators take great precautions to ensure the safety of the aircrew and the surrounding areas.

At the time of the incident, the F-35B had been flying standard training operations, according to Stars & Stripes.

The aircraft belongs to the 121st Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA-121).

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