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US Navy reveals fate of fighter jet that suffered ‘mishap' near China

Added 01-25-22 09:37:03pm EST - “The US Navy has revealed that its F-35 fighter jet fell into the South China Sea during the botched landing and has yet to be recovered” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “US Navy reveals fate of fighter jet that suffered ‘mishap’ near China”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The US Navy is working to recover a plane that fell into the South China Sea - which is claimed by China almost in its entirety - during a war drill this week that left several sailors injured.

Three Navy personnel were transported to the Philippines for medical treatment, while another four were treated at sea on Monday after a US F-35C Lightning II stealth plane suffered a “landing mishap on deck while USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) was conducting routine flight operations in the South China Sea.”

While the pilot of the plane was soon rescued by a military helicopter after ejecting, the aircraft itself has not been recovered yet.

“I can confirm the aircraft impacted the flight deck during landing and subsequently fell to the water,” said US Navy spokesperson Lieutenant Nicholas Lingo on Tuesday.

Asked about the possibility of China salvaging the aircraft Lingo said, “We cannot speculate on what the PRC's intentions are on this matter.”

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