Aircraft

Crashed British F-35B recovered from Mediterranean Sea

The Lightning aircraft, worth about £88.8m, was deployed on the Carrier Strike Group 21 mission when it ditched into the sea

A British F-35B jet from HMS Queen Elizabeth that crashed into the Mediterranean has been recovered.

The Lightning aircraft, worth about £88.8m, was deployed on the Carrier Strike Group 21 mission when it ditched into the sea, with the pilot ejecting safely from the jet.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) last week said it was "aware" of a video shared online, appearing to show the incident.

joint operation was launched to retrieve the F-35 after the incident, involving Royal Navy, American and Italian vessels.

It is yet to be decided where the recovered aircraft will be taken.

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said: "Operations to recover the UK F-35 in the Mediterranean Sea have successfully concluded.

"We extend our thanks to our NATO, allies Italy and the United States of America for their support during the recovery operation."