Seven sailors were injured on Monday after an American F35 fighter pilot crashed into the deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier. The US Navy said in a statement that the crash occurred in the South China Sea during a routine flight operation.
Carl Vinson (CVN 70) was conducting routine flight operations in the South China Sea on January 24, 2022. The pilot was safely ejected from the aircraft and recovered via a US military helicopter,” the fleet said. Pacific in the statement. The statement also said that seven injured sailors were evacuated to Manila, Philippines for treatment, where their condition was listed as stable.
The other four, according to the United States Navy, were treated by the ship’s medical staff Vinson and another US aircraft carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln, and their strike groups began drills in the South China Sea on Sunday, following drills with a Japanese navy ship in the Philippine Sea last week.The South China Sea is among China’s most sensitive territorial issues and is a frequent area of tension between the United States and China.
News of the US operations coincides with Taiwan reporting the latest massive Chinese air force incursion in its Air Defense Identification Area 39 aircraft into an area near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the northern part of the South China Sea.Taiwan also reported a Y8 anti-submarine in the Bashi Channel which separates the country from the Philippines and connects the Pacific to the South China Sea.
No details were provided on the cause of the crash or the fate of the aircraft. The Pacific Fleet said the incident is under investigation.