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.