U.S. Navy recovers crashed F-35C jet from South China Sea

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Posted at 11:16 AM, Mar 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-03 11:16:13-05

The U.S. Navy says it has recovered an F-35C fighter jet that crashed into the South China Sea earlier this year.

The jet crashed in late January while conducting flight operations with the USS Carl Vinson. Seven Sailors were injured, and the pilot was able to eject safely.

Wednesday, a specialized crew managed to recover the jet from a depth of approximately 12,400 feet. The team used a remotely operated vehicle to bring the jet up from the bottom of the ocean.

The aircraft will be delivered to a nearby military installation to aid in the ongoing investigation and evaluated for potential transport to the United States.