British F-35 jet crashes into Mediterranean, pilot ejects safely


LONDON:

A British F-35 jet crashed within the Mediterranean Sea at round 1000GMT on Wednesday, with the pilot managing to eject safely, in response to protection officers.

The Ministry of Defence stated in a press release: “A British F35 pilot from HMS Queen Elizabeth ejected during routine flying operations in the Mediterranean this morning.”

“The pilot has been safely returned to the ship and an investigation has begun, so it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time,” it added.

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The HMS Queen Elizabeth is the UK’s flagship plane service and is at the moment on its manner again to the UK from its first voyage to the Far East.

It carries eight British F-35 jets, in addition to 10 US F-35s. An F-35 is estimated to value round £100 million ($134.7 million).

A army investigation shall be launched into the incident that passed off in worldwide waters, with native media reporting that the probe will deal with technical or human error.

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