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World Seven injured in US F-35 incident in South China Sea

02:09  25 january  2022
02:09  25 january  2022 Source:   afp.com

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Seven US sailors were injured Monday in a Navy F-35C fighter "landing mishap" on an aircraft carrier in the South China Sea, the Navy said.

This US Navy photo shows the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, front, the guided missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Ise participating in exercises in March 2018 in the Pacific © Dylan M. KINEE This US Navy photo shows the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, front, the guided missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Ise participating in exercises in March 2018 in the Pacific

The accident occurred while the F-35C Lightning II, a stealth combat aircraft, was attempting to land on the USS Carl Vinson during routine flight operations, the US Pacific Fleet said in a statement.

The pilot of the aircraft was in stable condition after ejecting and being rescued by a helicopter.

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Seven sailors were injured, three of whom were evacuated to Manila, Philippines for treatment, where their condition was listed as stable.


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Four others were treated aboard the ship, and three have been released, the statement said.

No details were provided on the cause of the incident or the fate of the aircraft. The Pacific Fleet said the incident was under investigation.

The Vinson and another US carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln, and their strike groups began drills Sunday in the South China Sea, following exercises with a Japanese naval ship in the Philippine Sea last week.

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