A safety review board investigation has been launched by the US Air Force after an F-35A Lightning II assigned to its 388th Fighter Wing experienced a landing gear malfunction while touching down at Utah’s Hill Air Force Base.
The 388th Fighter Wing announced via Twitter on Monday that an F-35 pilot was receiving a “medical evaluation” after the landing mishap unfolded during a routine training flight while approaching the Beehive State’s largest military installation.
In addition to delayed upgrade schedules, the embattled F-35 has experienced a number of newsworthy failures as of late.
An F-35A Joint Strike Fighter pilot was forced to eject from his aircraft while attempting to fly out of Eglin Air Force Base in Florida on May 20. The installation noted that the F-35A crashed around 9:30 p.m. local time while conducting a routine training mission.
No fatalities were reported in connection with either incident.