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Shocking ‘leaked’ footage claims to be ‘US fighter jet’s South China Sea crash landing’

FOOTAGE has surfaced online allegedly showing the moment an F-35 fighter jet crashed in the South China Sea. The US Navy has not confirmed the clip.

In what appears to be mobile phone footage of CCTV covering the incident, what appears to be a highly sophisticated stealth fighter jet can be seen crash landing on its final approach. The leaked footage purportedly includes the USS Carl Vinson’s in-deck Pilot’s Landing Aid Television (PLAT), as well as a video shot from the ship’s Island Camera Room. Its authenticity is yet to be confirmed.

Deck personnel were praised for their actions following the incident

According to The Drive: “It looks like at least one of its main landing gear is sheared off in the impact and the jet goes careening sideways down the landing area trailing flames before falling into the water in front of the ship.”

The F-35 costs around £100m per unit

Personnel onboard the USS Carl Vinson reacted quickly to the incident, and their hasty actions have been praised.

The use of anti-fire substances played a vital part in stopping the situation from turning into a disaster.

Tyler Rogoway, an aviation intelligence expert praised the crew, stating: “Truly amazing work here.

“Clearly, their training had them ready to go at the instant trouble reared its ugly head.”

The USS Carl Vinson and an F-35 jet

Following the crash landing, the aircraft appears to slip off the end of the ship’s runway and into the sea.

Adding to his assessment of the incident, Mr Rogoway said: “Seven sailors were hurt in this event, but looking at this video, it’s pretty amazing more weren’t and that everyone survived their initial injuries.”

The US Navy are highly active in the South China Sea

With the aircraft at the bottom of the sea in international waters, the race is on to recover the highly classified and sensitive equipment on board.

Sources fear that Chinese assets will reach the aircraft first, hence putting at risk the technology involved in the modern fighter.