An image has been shared online showing a British F-35B after it was recovered from the seafloor.
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A previous leak, showing the F-35B crash video footage, resulted in a sailor being arrested.
In November last year, a British F-35 from HMS Queen Elizabeth crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, the pilot ejected safely.
The Ministry of Defence said at the time:
“A British F35 pilot from HMS Queen Elizabeth ejected during routine flying operations in the Mediterranean this morning. The pilot has been safely returned to the ship and an investigation has begun, so it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”
In December, the Ministry of Defence found the location of the F-35B.
National Security Adviser Sir Stephen Lovegrove told the Commons Defence Committee in December:
“The pilot was recovered safely and is still undergoing medical checks. We are hopefully that he will be absolutely fine. It would be premature of me to comment on the reasons for the accident. The recovery of the flight data recorder and the wreckage are really vital for an accurate investigation to determine the causes of the crash. Clearly the swift recovery of the aircraft is what we would like to do and we are working closely with allies on the mechanics of that. We haven’t got the plane up yet. We are aware of Russian undersea capabilities, and you are quite right to identify them as being state of the art. The kinds of precautions and operations that we are undertaking at the moment are designed at least in part to ensure that the technology of the F-35B remains as confidential as you would like it to be. Those security aspects are very much at the top of our mind. My understanding is that the experts know where the aircraft is.”
What’s going on now?
Britain and America then engaged in operations to salvage the F-35B which ditched into the ocean after taking off from HMS Queen Elizabeth. The salvage was successful.
What caused the crash?
We don’t know.