A computer system glitch has been found in an F-35A state-of-the-art stealth fighter of the Air Self-Defense Force that made an emergency landing on Wednesday, Gen. Shunji Izutsu, ASDF chief of staff, said Thursday.

The ASDF will fix the faulty parts of the system of the aircraft, which made an emergency landing at Hakodate Airport in Hokkaido at 12:18 p.m. on Wednesday, and inspect all F-35As in its fleet.

It will suspend the scheduled flights of F-35As for the time being, conduct safety checks and train pilots, Izutsu told a news conference.

According to the Defense Ministry, a problem occurred with the fuselage of the F-35A, which belongs to the ASDF’s Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture, around 11:58 a.m. on Wednesday during a training flight over the Sea of Japan.

The computer system glitch was found in an inspection led by Misawa base technicians. A similar malfunction hit an F-35A in the past, according to the ASDF.

The F-35A in question will return to the Misawa base if its safety is confirmed after part replacements.

“We apologize for causing worries and trouble to residents in Hakodate and Misawa and other people in the country,” Izutsu said.

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