"On May 7, 2019 an F-35B with Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing aborted take-off due to a bird strike at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and safely taxied off the runway," the statement said.
A damage assessment report has not yet been completed but the Marine Corps classified the incident as category "A," meaning the damage is expected to exceed USD 2 million.
The defense department plans to build some 2,500 of the warplanes in the decades to come.
The F-35B is a short take-off and landing variant of the plane, developed for the Marine Corps. Each plane costs USD 115 million to build.
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