US races to retrieve crashed F-35 before China can seize 'its most advanced' jet

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Washington Published: Jan 28, 2022, 10:54 PM(IST)

File photo of the USAF's F-35 fighter jets. Photograph:( Reuters )

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At least seven people were injured in a US F-35 jet crash on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier in the South China Sea, the Navy said. The US Pacific Fleet said that the pilot of a US F-35 jet was conducting routine flight operations when the crash happened. 

The United States Navy is scrambling to retrieve the F-35, its most advanced fighter jet, which crashed in the depths of the South China Sea.

According to American news network CNN, this race to reclaim the $100 million warplane is a highly complex operation that experts say will be closely monitored by Beijing.

The F-35C, the newest jet in the US Navy fleet, crash-landed on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during routine operations on Monday.

At least seven people were injured in a US F-35 jet crash on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier in the South China Sea, the Navy said. The US Pacific Fleet said that the pilot of a US F-35 jet was conducting routine flight operations when the crash happened. 

But he was safely ejected and was recovered by a military helicopter, and he is in stable condition.

The cause of what the statement called an "inflight mishap" is under probe, CNN reported.The crash is the first for an F-35C, a single-engine stealth fighter, designed for operations off aircraft carriers. 

Some versions of the F-35 are also flown by US allies and partners, including Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and Australia. 

Monday's crash in the South China Sea was the second involving an F-35 this year. Earlier this month, the pilot of a South Korean F-35 made an emergency "belly landing" at an airbase on Tuesday after its landing gear malfunctioned due to electronic issues, according to the South Korean Air Force.

In previous years, F-35s have been involved in at least eight other incidents, CNN reported, citing records kept by the crowd-sourced website.

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