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US Navy fighter plane crashes in East Sea, injuring 7 people

An aircraft carrier crash in the South China Sea injured seven US sailors and resulted in the pilot having to leave his F-35 fighter jet on Monday, Navy said in a statement, calling it a “landing incident”.

The F-35C Lightning II fighter jet performed routine flight operations before encountering difficulty on the deck of the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, the statement said.

The cause of the crash is not clear, but the Navy said it is being investigated. Although such incidents are unusual, it happens many months later a Navy submarine powered by nuclear power collided with an underwater seam in the South China Sea in October, causing injuries and leading to the removal of the ship’s commanding officer.

In recent years, the United States has deploy more warships to patrol periodically in the South China Sea, disputed waters that Beijing has increasingly asserted.

The pilot in Monday’s crash was picked up by a US military helicopter after he ejected from the jet and was in stable condition, the Navy said in the statement.

Three of the injured sailors were medically evacuated to Manila, in the Philippines, for treatment and “evaluated as stable”, the Navy said. Four others have been treated by medics on the carrier and one is still under medical supervision.

The Carl Vinson has been deployed from its home port of San Diego, California, since End of August supports “global maritime security operations” and “a free and open Indo-Pacific,” according to a Navy statement last year.

This is the first time an aircraft carrier has been deployed with advanced abilities of the F-35C Lightning II aircraft on board, the statement said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/25/world/asia/fighter-jet-accident-south-china-sea.html US Navy fighter plane crashes in East Sea, injuring 7 people

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