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Narrative: The fighter was involved in an accident landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the South China Sea. The pilot ejected safely from the aircraft. The aircraft struck the deck edge, slid the length of the flight deck and fell into the sea. Seven sailors aboard the ship were injured. F-35C Tail Code NE-406
Navy's Pacific Fleet Full release :
An F-35C Lightning II, assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, had a landing mishap on deck while USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) was conducting routine flight operations in the South China Sea, Jan. 24, 2022. The pilot safely ejected from the aircraft and was recovered via U.S. military helicopter. The pilot is in stable condition. There were seven total Sailors injured; three Sailors required MEDEVAC to a medical treatment facility in Manila, Philippines, and four were treated by on-board medical personnel. All three MEDEVACs are assessed as stable. Of the four Sailors treated by on-board medical, three have been released. Additional details and the cause of the inflight mishap is under investigation.
8:33 a.m. - Updated to reflect that all three MEDEVACed Sailors are in stable condition.