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Leaked video shows the moment $100m US F-35 stealth fighter crash landed on aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson before careening into the South China Sea

  • Leaked video of a US Navy F-35 stealth fighter jet that crashed into the South China Sea last month has surfaced
  • Video, which circulated on social media has been confirmed as genuine and shows the moment $100m jet slams into the aircraft carrier bursting into flames
  • Fighter jet was seen to be unstable moments before hitting the flight deck
  • Footage from a second angle shows the plane careening across the deck before falling over the edge of the carrier and into the waves below
  • The crash injured the pilot and seven sailors aboard the USS Carl Vinson
  • US now said to be involved in a salvage operation to retrieve the plane from the seabed to prevent high-tech instruments from getting into the hands of China
  • An earlier video leaked last month depicted the plane moments before impact but did not show the actual moment of the crash
  • Shocking footage shows the moment a US Air Force F-35C stealth fighter crash landed onto the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson.

    The leaked footage which was shot using a cell phone that in turn was filming a computer monitor displaying surveillance footage of the accident, shows the fighter jet on approach to the flight deck of the aircraft carrier that was sailing in the South Sjina [object Window].

    Everything looks normal until seconds before the fighter jet touches down on the aircraft carrier’s runway.








    Leaked video of a US Navy F-35 stealth fighter jet that crashed into the South China Sea last month has surfaced

    Leaked video of a US Navy F-35 stealth fighter jet that crashed into the South China Sea last month has surfaced

    Video, which circulated on social media has been confirmed as genuine and shows the moment $100m jet slams into the aircraft carrier at an angle

    Video, which circulated on social media has been confirmed as genuine and shows the moment $100m jet slams into the aircraft carrier at an angle

    Skielik, the stability of the aircraft appears to be in question and can be seen wobbling moments before touchdown.

    Audio that accompanies the heart-stopping video footage is not easily discernible but a growing sense of panic can be heard coming across the radio chatter as the Landing Signal Officer urges the pilot of the jet to add power and ‘pull up’.

    After the plane smashes down onto the flight deck, video footage from another camera positioned in the opposite direction sees the aircraft immediately bursting into flames as it slams onto the flight deck of the Vinson.

    The entire aircraft is then seen careening across the carriers surface with flames shooting out from the jet before it eventually slides right off and crashes down into the ocean below.

    The jet bursts into as it slams into the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson

    The jet bursts into as it slams into the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson

    Footage from a second angle shows the plane careening across the deck in flames

    Footage from a second angle shows the plane careening across the deck in flames

    Fire crews stationed on deck quickly spring into action and pull out a hose to douse the flames with foam and prevent any fire from spreading.

    It’s the first time footage such as this has been released which shows the accident in great detail.

    The clip has been confirmed by the Department of Defense to be genuine.

    The clip was made up of footage from the in-deck Pilot’s Landing Aid Television (PLAT), and video shot from the ship’s Island Camera Room.

    Last month color video footage was released as the aircraft flew overhead just prior to the crash landing, but frustratingly it did not capture the moment of impact.

    An investigation is now underway to determine how the footage was leaked onto the Internet where it was posted to Reddit among other sites.

    The fighter jet can be seen skidding along the flight deck of the aircraft carrier in flames

    The fighter jet can be seen skidding along the flight deck of the aircraft carrier in flames

    After careening over the edge of the carrier, a huge splash can be seen as it falls into the sea

    After careening over the edge of the carrier, a huge splash can be seen as it falls into the sea








    In leaked video seen last month, the jet can be seen approaching the ship when the screen fills with smoke and the violent sound of the engine can be heard just before the video cuts out.

    A subsequent picture shows the jet floating in the sea after it plunged overboard, surrounded by murky waters and debris with its cockpit open and ejection seat missing.

    The pilot had ejected from the aircraft during the crash and was reported injured, together with six sailors aboard the Vinson.

    The fighter jet then sunk into the sea, making it the second time in three months that an F-35 has been lost at sea.

    Lt. Nicholas Lingo, a spokesperson for the US Navy’s 7th Fleet, told DailyMail.com that the video and image of the crash were real and that the incident is still under investigation.

    ‘The ship has assessed that the video covered by media today was taken onboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) during the crash. There is an ongoing investigation of the incident.

    Die VSA. faces a race to beat China in recovering the high-tech military plane as Beijing could try to capitalize on its territorial claims in the South China Sea and say it’s salvaging the craft for environmental purposes.

    The leaked video shows the fighter jet attempting to land

    The video suddenly cuts out as smoke overtakes the camera and the engines roared

    The leaked video, which was confirmed to be taken aboard the Navy carrier during the crash, shows the jet approaching the ship (links) when the screen fills with smoke (reg) and the violent sound of the engine can be heard just before the video cuts out

    A US Navy spokesperson confirmed that the photo of the jet crash published by CNN was real. It shows the jet floating in the sea after it plunged overboard, surrounded by murky waters and debris with its cockpit open and ejection seat missing

    A US Navy spokesperson confirmed that the photo of the jet crash published by CNN was real. It shows the jet floating in the sea after it plunged overboard, surrounded by murky waters and debris with its cockpit open and ejection seat missing

    Carl Schuster, former director of operations at the US Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Center in Hawaii, vertel CNN: ‘Salvaging the plane with commercial and coast guard assets will enable Beijing to claim it is recovering a potential environmental hazard or foreign military equipment from its territorial waters.

    The timeline for search and recovery could stretch across months, the retired military commander said.

    Salvage ships could take between 10 aan 15 days to arrive at their destination, verduidelik hy, after which point recovery could take as long as 120 dae.

    The Navy has not revealed where the crash occurred, and a vast majority of the waters have been claimed by Beijing.

    The US faces a race to recover the $100 million war plane with China, who could claim salvaging rights to remove the 'environmental hazard'

    The US faces a race to recover the $100 million war plane with China, who could claim salvaging rights to remove the ‘environmental hazard

    The pilot of the F-35C deployed his landing hook to catch the deck and stop his jet, but something went wrong and he ejected and skidded over the side

    US Navy South China Sea crash was NINTH time $100m jets have malfunctioned in past eight years

    Junie 23, 2014: A USAF F-35A had a catastrophic engine fire caused by a fractured rotor which saw it turn into a blaze as it took off in Florida.

    Oktober 27, 2016: A US Marine Corp F-35B set alight mid-flight due to a fire in its weapons bay before the pilot landed safely in Beaufort, Suid Carolina.

    September 28, 2018: All operational F-35s were grounded while a probe was launched into why a fuel tube failed in flight after a horror crash at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina.

    April 9, 2019: Parts of the tail of a Japanese F-35 were found in the sea around 85 miles east of Misawa during a training mission.

    Mei 19. 2020: This F-35 crash on landing was caused by a tired, distracted pilot and unresponsive tail glitch.

    September 20, 2020: A F-35 stealth fighter jet fell out of the sky and exploded on the ground after hitting a KC-130J tanker in a mid-air collision near the Salton Sea in Imperial County, Kalifornië.

    September 20, 2020: A F-35 stealth fighter jet fell out of the sky and exploded on the ground after hitting a KC-130J tanker in a mid-air collision near the Salton Sea in Imperial County, Kalifornië

    September 20, 2020: A F-35 stealth fighter jet fell out of the sky and exploded on the ground after hitting a KC-130J tanker in a mid-air collision near the Salton Sea in Imperial County, Kalifornië

    November 17, 2021: An RAF F-35B toppled into the Mediterranean Sea after the pilot tried to abort take-off from HMS Queen Elizabeth. Early reports suggested its engine sucked in an are inlet cover.

    Januarie 4, 2022: South Korea grounded its F-35s after an F-35A suffered an in-air malfunction. Its pilot made an emergency belly landing when its landing gear failed to extend.

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    'Die VSA. Navy is making recovery operations arrangements for the F-35C aircraft involved in the mishap aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in die Suid-Chinese See, January 24,a spokesperson for the US 7th Fleet told DailyMail.com last month.

    ‘We cannot speculate on what the PRC’s intentions are on this matter.

    It leaves the Navy with a complex salvage operation if it is avoid its most sophisticated warplane, crammed with futuristic technology, falling into the hands of the People’s Republic of China.

    The F-35C is the only long-range stealth strike fighter designed to operate from aircraft carriers.

    It carries an arrestor hookto help it land on aircraft carriersand the expanded wingspan needed to be launched by catapult.

    As well as its radar-avoiding design, it is crammed with sensors that beam updates directly to the pilot’s helmet.

    The Navy has yet to offer an explanation of what went wrong.

    ‘An F-35C Lightning II assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked aboard USS (CVN 70) had a landing mishap and impacted the flight deck and subsequently fell to the water during routine flight operations,’ it said in a statement to US Naval Institute News.

    ‘Impact to the flight deck was superficial and all equipment for flight operations is operational.

    It added that the aircraft carrier had been able to resume normal flight operations shortly after.

    The US Navy jet was part of a deployment designed to bolster American presence near Taiwan after China had buzzed the island’s airspace.

    A Navy statement said the incident happened during ‘routine flight operations’ in die Suid-Chinese See.

    ‘The pilot safely ejected from the aircraft and was recovered via U.S. military helicopter,’ dit het gesê.

    The Navy said the cause of the ‘inflight mishapon the nuclear-powered carrier was under investigation.

    ‘The status of the aircraft is currently under investigation as are the factors involved in the mishap,’ Brenda Way, miljoen het nie die beskerming van NAVO se waarborg dat 'n aanval op een bondgenoot 'n aanval op almal is nie. Pacific Fleet, vertel The War Zone.

    The F-35C is the carrier version of the Joint Strike Fighter being built in three versions for the Air Force, Marines and Navy.

    The Navy version can fly 1.6 times the speed of sound and has a combat radius of 1200 seemyl.

    ‘Vinson is the first carrier to accommodate a mix of 4th- and 5th- generation strike fighters, providing unprecedented lethality and survivability and ensuring the Navy team can operate and win in contested battlespace now and well into the future,’ said Capt. Tommy Locke, commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, in Augustus.

    The Carl Vinson is supported by more than 5,000 crew members and carries 65 fixed and rotary-wing aircraft.

    This is only the second major mishap involving an F-35 of any kind operating from an aircraft carrier, following the loss of the British F-35B Joint Strike Fighter in the Mediterranean last year.

    Britain appealed to the US for help in finding an F-35B Lightning II that toppled from HMS Queen Elizabeth into the Mediterranean during a failed takeoff.

    London asked for help amid fears that Russia would try to salvage the jet and copy the technology.

    It was retrieved last month during a secret operation.

    The USS Carl Vinson is seen with the USS Essex behind in a January 2022 prent

    The USS Carl Vinson is seen with the USS Essex behind in a January 2022 prent

    An F-35C Lightning II test aircraft approaches for a landing aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower of the coast of Norfolk, Virginia, in 2015

    An F-35C Lightning II test aircraft approaches for a landing aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower of the coast of Norfolk, Virginia, in 2015

    The aircraft carriers were in the Philippine Sea, which lays east (to the right) of Taiwan and west of the US territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands

    The aircraft carriers were in the Philippine Sea, which lays east (to the right) of Taiwan and west of the US territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands

    In January South Korean pilot was forced to make an emergency ‘belly landingin an F-35A after suffering a malfunction in the air.

    The landing gear on the jet failed to extend but instead of ejecting, the pilot decided to land the US-made craft at an airbase on its belly.

    The equipment failed due to electronic issues, a South Korean Air Force spokesman said, forcing the pilot to take the unprecedented action.

    A military official refused to confirm if the jet suffered any damage in the incident but the pilot walked away uninjured.

    The ‘fifth generationfighter aircraft is the world’s most expensive weapons system. Costs finally stabilized at an eye-watering $406billion, but only after the intervention of President Donald Trump.

    Manufacturer Lockheed-Martin agreed to cap costs after rump criticized the project and even tweeted support for a rival aircraft.

    America enticed its NATO and other allies into sharing the cost of the aircraft by offering input into manufacture and 15 per cent of each one is comprised of parts from British companies while some of the jets will be made in Italy.

    But developing and testing were bedevilled by technical issues.

    In a mock air battle in 2015, the cutting edge plane was defeated by an older generation F-16, a plane designed in the 1970s.

    In 2020 Pentagon tests found 276 different faults in jet’s combat system.








    They included the 25mm cannon vibrating excessively and problems with the the aircraft’s ‘virtual realityhelmet

    Overheating, premature wear of components in the vertical tails and vulnerability to fire were also found to be issues.

    The US Air Force temporarily grounded dozens its F-35 stealth fighters while it investigated an oxygen supply issue.

    The Marine Corps, which operates the vertical take off and landing F-35B model, was forced to ground its planes after flaws were found in the computer system.

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