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Leaked video shows chilling moment, F-35 fighter jet caught fire after landing on USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier

LEAKED footage shows the chilling moment a fighter jet burst into flames after landing on a US Navy aircraft carrier.

An F-35 Lightning II fighter jet had an “incorrect landing” problem while landing on the USS Carl Vinson stationed in the South China Sea on January 24.

Footage shows the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet swaying as it tries to approach the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson

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Footage shows the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet swaying as it tries to approach the flight deck of the USS Carl VinsonCredit: Reddit
The jet crashed into the sea after hitting the flight deck

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The jet crashed into the sea after hitting the flight deckCredit: Reddit

The footage was shared on the Reddit discussion forum, since then verifiedindicates the aircraft is approaching the flight deck of the ship.

The F-35 began descending before starting to wobble in the air as it attempted to land.

The audio appears to capture the moment the Landing Signal Officer instructs the plane’s pilot to speed up, abort the landing, and go around.

Jet plane burst into flames and slid across the deck after landing.

Flames were seen shooting out of the F-35 before the plane crashed into the ocean. Meanwhile, the crews began spewing foam as they tried to smother the flames.

A second clip uploaded to Twitter shows the jet preparing to land before crashing into the flight deck.

Smoke screens and loud noises are heard at the end of the video, while photos show the jet in the water before it sinks.

The pilot, who managed to eject before the plane touched deck, was among the seven injured sailors, according to the Navy.

Three sailors had to be taken to Manila, Philippines, for treatment while four sailors were treated on board, Related press reported.

The extent of their injuries was not disclosed.

Lieutenant Mark Langford, a spokesman for 7th Fleet, said the damage to the deck was “superficial” and drills have resumed since then.

The Navy has yet to explain what caused the crash.

Crews are working to salvage the plane in what is considered the hottest sea in the world.

Beijing claims most of the 1.3 million square miles of the South China Sea, sparking disputes with the Philippines and Vietnam.

And it was building a new “Great Wall of China” with fortresses, harbors and missile silos on dozens of deserted islands.

China’s navy and coast guard vessels maintain a regular presence at sea and regularly prevent fishermen from using their historic fishing grounds.

Experts warn that Beijing will want to get its hands on the technology.

Carl Schuster, former director of operations at the US Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Center in Hawaii, said: “The Chinese will try to locate and do a thorough survey using submarines. and one of their submersibles.”

However, Collin Koh, a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, says CNNPublicly doing this could risk exacerbating tensions with the US.

“I don’t believe Beijing has a stomach for that. However, we can expect China to conceal, stalk and track any such US rescue and recovery operations.”

Carl Vinson is part of a strike group that has been deployed to the South China Sea to conduct naval exercises with the USS Abraham Lincoln.

More than 14,000 sailors and marines are participating in the exercise.

The US and its allies have stepped up military exercises in the South China Sea as China ramps up pressure on Taiwan.

The pilot of the plane managed to eject before the crash happened

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The pilot of the plane managed to eject before the crash happenedCredit: Twitter
USS Carl Vinson is conducting exercises in the South China Sea

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USS Carl Vinson is conducting exercises in the South China SeaCredit: AP

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