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British F-35 jet crashes into Mediterranean – MoD

Piotr

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British F-35 jet crashes into Mediterranean – MoD
17 Nov, 2021 15:27

A Royal Air Force (RAF) F-35 jet crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday after the pilot safely ejected. It's the first incident reported for the UK's flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed the crash in a statement, saying that a “British F-35 pilot from HMS Queen Elizabeth ejected during routine flying operations in the Mediterranean this morning.”
The pilot was safely rescued and returned to the aircraft carrier and an investigation has been launched into the incident, with the Ministry of Defence saying it “would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

https://www.rt.com/uk/540545-fighter-jet-crash-hms-elizabeth-mediterranean/
 

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How many total crashes of F-35s? Three? I think given the total number of F-35s operating worldwide, the crash rate is very low.
 

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How many total crashes of F-35s? Three? I think given the total number of F-35s operating worldwide, the crash rate is very low.

It is very low for a single-engined fighter. To the best of my knowledge only two F-35A crashes, three F-35B crashes including this one, and no F-35C crash.
 

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The aircraft carrier is charging at full speed when launching aircraft, right? I saw the pilot parachute right in front of bow. I wonder how he survive the charging ship. Very lucky to survive.
 

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