[Keywords #F-35A #retirement #bird strike]
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The incident, which occurred on January 4, 2022, involved the fighter aircraft colliding with an eagle, estimated to weigh 10kg, at an altitude of 330 meters shortly after taking off from Cheongju Air Base in northern Chungcheong.
The eagle was ingested into the left engine’s air intake, causing damage to the hydraulic and power distribution systems critical to the aircraft’s power and landing capabilities.
The ROKAF’s F-35A had to perform an emergency belly landing at Seosan Air Base in northern Chungcheong without utilizing its landing system.
This accident led to the penetration of a bulkhead into the weapons room, damaging hydraulic duct and power supply cables. This interfered with the operation of the landing gear. Consequently, the aircraft had to belly land, but the pilot was unhurt.
In May 2023, the EurAsian Times disclosed that the Korean military is expected to cover the repair costs, as the incident in January 2022 was deemed a stroke of “bad luck” and not a consequence of any mechanical error on the company’s part.