Video exhibits Navy jet crashing onto deck of USS Carl Vinson in South China Sea


A surprising video circulating on social media that seems to point out the second an F-35C Lightning II jet crashed into the deck of a U.S. plane service within the South China Sea is genuine, a Navy spokesperson has revealed. 

The incident involving the USS Carl Vinson – which the Navy has described as a “landing mishap” – occurred on Jan. 24 and left seven sailors injured, whereas the pilot managed to securely eject. 

“We are aware that there has been an unauthorized release of video footage from flight deck cameras onboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) of the F-35C Lightning II crash that occurred Jan. 24, in the South China Sea,” Naval Air Forces Pacific spokesman Cmdr. Zachary Harrell instructed Stars and Stripes. “There is an ongoing investigation into both the crash and the unauthorized release of the shipboard video footage.” 

F-35C stealth jet sits on deck of USS Carl Vinson in the Western Pacific, south of Japan.

F-35C stealth jet sits on deck of USS Carl Vinson within the Western Pacific, south of Japan.
(Reuters/Tim Kelly)


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The video exhibits the crash unfold from a number of angles. Because the airplane approaches the deck of the USS Carl Vinson, a voice may be heard yelling “wave off! wave off!” in an try for the plane to abort its touchdown. 

In a single angle, the jet is seen on fireplace because it slides throughout the deck of the plane service earlier than falling into the water, inflicting a large splash. 


Three of the sailors that had been injured within the crash required MEDEVAC to a medical therapy facility in Manila, Philippines. The Navy mentioned they “are assessed as stable.” The remaining 4 had been handled onboard by medical personnel. 

In line with the Pentagon, two U.S. Navy Provider Strike Teams, led by the Carl Vinson and USS Abraham Lincoln, started operations within the South China Sea in late January. The carriers entered the disputed waters after China launched 39 plane, largely fighter jets close to Taiwan – the most important present of drive in months. 

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Every day Publish’ Bradford Betz and Lucas Y. Tomlinson contributed to this report. 


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