F-35 crashes while landing on USS Carl Vinson in South China Sea

Baku, January 25, AZERTAC

At least seven American sailors were injured following a “landing mishap” involving a combat aircraft on the deck of a nuclear-powered US carrier, which was sailing in the South China Sea, the US Navy has said, according to Al Jazeera.

In a statement issued late on Monday, the US Pacific Fleet command said that the F-35C Lightning II jet “was conducting routine flight operations” when the crash happened on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson.

“The pilot safely ejected from the aircraft and was recovered via US military helicopter,” the statement from the US Navy’s office in Hawaii said, adding that the airman “is in stable condition”.

Of the seven sailors who were injured, three were medically evacuated to a treatment facility in the Philippine capital of Manila.

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