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  • A Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft is seen at the ILA Air Show in Berlin

    A Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft is seen at the ILA Air Show in Berlin | Photo: Reuters

Published 9 April 2019

The Turkish government shouldn't be too bothered by the fact that the U.S. congressional committee wants to sanction the delivery of the F-35 Fighter Jet, considering that Japan is currently picking up the pieces from one of their training exercises. 

From the Boeing 737 Max to the Lockheed Martin-produced F-35 fighter Jet, U.S. American engineers do not have it easy at the moment. The Boeing 737 Max just had two crashes in recent months, throwing business sideways for Boeing's best selling jet. While the Japanese Military just discovered possible debris in the ocean after one of their F-35 fighter jets has gone missing during a training exercise. 

According to the military, the fighter jet went off radar thirty minutes after leaving Misawa Air Base. The sad news is that the rescue mission for the missing pilot, a man in his 40s, has still not concluded in any results other than the discovery of possible debris from the F-35. 

Boeing Finally Admits Responsibility for Plane Crashes

Turkey might not be too bothered by recent news, after the U.S. congressional committee has threatened to sanction the delivery of the F-35 to the country over a dispute of a military-defense deal with the Russian Federation and their feared S-400 missile defense system. 

“By the end of the year, Turkey will have either F-35 advanced fighter aircraft on its soil or a Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile defense system. It will not have both,” Republican Senators Jim Risch and Jim Inhofe and Democratic Senators Bob Menendez and Jack Reed said in a New York Times opinion column.

In the meantime, Boeing has finally admitted responsibility for the failure of their 737 Max 8 Model, after first trying to shift blame on the pilots for the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air Flight 610 crash which resulted in the deaths of 346 people.  

Muilenberg released a statement, as well as a Twitter video, explaining that  "it’s apparent that in both flights the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, known as MCAS, activated in response to the erroneous angle of attack information.”

The pilots attempted to regain control of the aircraft, which was pushed down by the automated flight control system four times during the flight, due to the anti-stall system. Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges addressed a news conference, saying “the crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer but was not able to control the aircraft.”

The aviation executive also apologized "for the pain these accidents have caused worldwide," adding that "the history of our industry shows most accidents are caused by a chain of events. This again is the case here, and we know we can break one of those chain links in these two accidents.

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