A Royal Air Force F-35 jet fighter embarked on the Royal Navy flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth II has crashed in the Mediterranean Sea after the Pilot had ejected.
It is said that the aircraft was under “routine flying operations”, and no hostile action is not thought to have been involved, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence was quoted.
Spokesman continued saying that “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.
“The next-generation RAF F35 jet, valued at £100 million, is thought to be lost at sea and has yet to be found. The ship is has eight British F35 fighter jets and ten American F35 fighter jets. They are the Lockheed Martin B version, which can have a short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL aircraft).
HMS Queen Elizabeth is returning to the UK following a maiden voyage to the Far East and back that lasted more than seven months at sea.