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Photo surfaces of F-35 that crashed into the South China Sea after a 'landing mishap' on a US Navy aircraft carrier

Added 01-28-22 01:14:02pm EST - “The US Navy confirmed that a photo circulating on social media was taken from someone on the carrier "during the crash."” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Photo surfaces of F-35 that crashed into the South China Sea after a 'landing mishap' on a US Navy aircraft carrier”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The US Navy confirmed Friday that a photo and video circulating on social media this week did show an F-35C, one of its most advanced fighter aircraft, crash-landing on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and floating in the South China Sea after falling off the carrier.

"The ship has assessed that the video and photo covered by media today were taken onboard USS Carl Vinson," Cmdr. Hayley Sims, a 7th Fleet public affairs officer, said Friday. Sims said the images from the carrier were taken "during the crash."

The photo from the incident was first appeared on Thursday on Reddit and shows an F-35 floating on the surface of the water with the cockpit canopy open. The Navy told Insider in an earlier statement that it was unable to confirm the authenticity of this photo, but that has since changed.

A video surfaced Friday showing an F-35 approaching the carrier, but it cuts off before the jet's crash-landing.

A Pacific Fleet spokesperson told Insider that although the Navy has determined that the photo was taken from the Carl Vinson, it remains unclear if it has been manipulated in any way.

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