Nimitz-class US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transiting the South China Sea in January 13012022 CREDIT US DEPT OF DEF
US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson transiting the South China Sea earlier this month (Picture: US Department of Defense).
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US F-35 jet crash injures seven sailors

The pilot was safely ejected from the aircraft which was later recovered by a US military helicopter.

Nimitz-class US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transiting the South China Sea in January 13012022 CREDIT US DEPT OF DEF
US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson transiting the South China Sea earlier this month (Picture: US Department of Defense).

Seven US sailors were injured following a crash involving a combat aircraft on the deck of a nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier.

USS Carl Vinson was sailing in the South China Sea when the F-35C Lightning II crashed while on routine flight operations.

The pilot, who is now in a stable condition, was able to safely eject from the aircraft, which was later recovered by a US military helicopter.

Seven sailors on the deck of the carrier were injured, with three requiring evacuation to a medical facility in Manila, Philippines, where they are in a stable condition, according to Pacific Fleet.

The other four sailors were treated by on-board medical staff, with three having been released.

The cause of what a US Navy statement called an "inflight mishap" is currently under investigation.

Information has yet to be released about the condition of the F-35C aircraft and whether there was any damage sustained by the USS Carl Vinson.

Last November, a UK F-35B crashed into the Mediterranean Sea off the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, with the pilot ejecting safely.