South Korean stealth fighter makes emergency 'belly landing'

A US-made F-35A fighter jet lands at Chungju Air Base, South Korea, on March 29, 2019.

Seoul, South Korea (CNN)The pilot of a South Korean F-35A jet fighter made an emergency "belly landing" at an air base on Tuesday after its landing gear malfunctioned due to electronic issues, a South Korean Air Force spokesperson said.

According to experts, the "belly landing" -- touching down with landing gear retracted -- was an unprecedented event for the $100 million US-designed stealth fighter now in use or on order by more than a dozen countries.
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