Canopy FALLS OFF Japanese Top Gun pilot's F-2 jet in mid-air

Top GONE: Canopy FALLS OFF Japanese Top Gun pilot’s F-2 jet in mid-air while flying to intercept foreign plane

  • Pilot of F-2 fighter jet was in the middle of a scramble mission in response to reports that a foreign plane had Japan’s airspace when canopy fell off
  • The technical failure left the fighter pilot exposed to the air while mid-flight
  • The military have been searching for the cockpit canopy, which is believed to have fallen in the southern city of Asakura 
  • There have been no reports of any injuries or property damage from the incident

A Japanese fighter pilot was forced to make an emergency landing after the cockpit canopy of their F-2 jet fell off in mid-air while on a mission to intercept a foreign plane.

The Mitsubishi F-2 fighter jet lost its canopy, which weights about 198lb (90 kg), while flying over a mountainous area in southwestern Japan on Sunday, Japan’s Defence Ministry said.  

The pilot, who has not been named, was in the middle of a scramble mission in response to reports that a foreign plane had entered Japan’s airspace when the canopy fell off, leaving the aviator exposed to the air mid-flight. 

The pilot made an emergency landing at the Tsuiki Air Base in the Fukuoka Prefecture, where the jets are stationed, after the incident took place on Sunday afternoon at 12.50pm, reports Japan Today. Another F-2 jet was deployed in its place to complete the scramble mission. 

The Mitsubishi F-2 fighter jet (file image) lost its canopy, which weights about 198lb (90 kg), while flying over a mountainous area in southwestern Japan on Sunday, Japan’s Defence Ministry said

It is understood that there have been no reports of any injuries or property damage from the technical failure. 

Japan’s Air Self-Defence Forces have been searching for the 150 centimetre long and 90 centimetre wide canopy which is believed to have fallen in the southern city of Asakura. 

The jet also lost an emergency ladder, which weighs 1 lb (480 grams), in the incident.  

The pilot, who has not been named, was in the middle of a scramble mission in response to reports that a foreign plane had entered Japan’s airspace when the canopy fell off, leaving the aviator exposed to the air mid-flight. Pictured: File image of the F-2 fighter jet

‘We are sorry for causing concern to local residents and the general public,’ the Defence ministry said. Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said the technical failure was serious as it could have injured the public. 

Yoshitomo Aoki, an aviation expert, told Japan today that it is rare to lose the cockpit canopy, but defective parts of the aircraft, or the loosening of those parts, could cause the canopy to fall off.

But he added that the loss of the cockpit canopy would not impact an aircraft’s flight functions.   

The Air Self-Defence Forces have since conducted inspections of all of their jets at the base. 

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