Seven US Navy sailors were injured when the F-35C Lightning II stealth plane suffered a “landing mishap” during a drill
The US Navy works to find a plane which fell in the South China Sea during a drill that injured several sailors.
After a US F-35C Lightning II stealth aircraft was damaged, three Navy personnel were taken to the Philippines by their doctors. Four others were also treated in Manila on Monday. “landing mishap on deck while USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) was conducting routine flight operations in the South China Sea.”
Although the pilot of this plane was quickly saved by a military helicopter, it has still not been found.
“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.
U.S. Navy has made recovery arrangements for F-35C aircraft
Lingo responded to a question regarding the possibility that China might save the aircraft. “We cannot speculate on what the PRC’s intentions are on this matter.”
US Navy is investigating what caused the accident during landing.
As tensions continue to rise between China and the United States, the supercarriers of Navy, USS Carl Vinson, and USS Abraham Lincoln were involved in an exercise close to China at the time.
Rear Admiral Dan Martin stated in a statement the drill had been “drilling.” “highlights the U.S. Navy’s ability to deliver overwhelming maritime force, when called upon, to support a free and open Indo-Pacific region.”
China holds territorial claims on almost all the South China Sea, and it has decried US operations there as an infringement of its sovereignty.
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