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F-35 jet crashes on US aircraft carrier in South China Sea, 7 injured

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 25th January, 2022 07:14:59 PM
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F-35 jet crashes on US aircraft carrier in South China Sea, 7 injured

USS Carl Vinson and USS Abraham Lincoln are in the South China Sea for training. The drills began on Sunday, following exercises with a Japanese naval ship in the Philippine Sea last week, Hindustan Times reported.

Seven sailors were injured on Monday after a pilot of the US F-35 fighter jet crashed on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier. The US Navy said in a statement that the incident happened in the South China Sea during a routine flight operation.

"An F-35C Lightning II, assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, had a landing mishap on deck while USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) was conducting routine flight operations in the South China Sea, Jan. 24, 2022. The pilot safely ejected from the aircraft and was recovered via US military helicopter," the US Pacific Fleet said in the statement.

The statement further said that out of the seven injured sailors, were evacuated to Manila, Philippines for treatment, where their condition was listed as stable. The other four, said the US Navy, were treated by on-board medical personnel.

No details were provided on the cause of the incident or the fate of the aircraft. The Pacific Fleet said the incident was under investigation.