British F-35B crashes into Mediterranean during a routine operation
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British F-35B crashes into Mediterranean

By Norbert Neumann 17 Nov 2021

A UK F-35B Lighting II aircraft crashed into the Mediterranean during a routine operation at 10:00 GMT on 17 October.

British F-35B crashes into Mediterranean
F-35B Lightning Jets embarked on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first Carrier Sea Training. Image: MOD/ Crown Copyright.

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) said on Twitter that the British pilot of the jet, which flew from aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, ejected before the crash and returned safely to the ship.

The MOD added: “It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

An investigation has begun.

More to follow.