The F-35 aircraft, better known in the Netherlands as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), crashed earlier this month just after the take-off of a British aircraft carrier.
British media write today about an image circulating on social media showing how the accident happened:
The aircraft clearly does not have sufficient speed and falls from the front of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth into the Mediterranean Sea. The images cannot be verified and the British Ministry of Defense declined to comment on the video to British media. The ministry said in a statement that the investigation into the accident is still ongoing.
Just before the plane falls from the aircraft carrier, the pilot can be seen using his ejection seat. Moments later, a parachute lands just in front of the ship, which weighs more than 65,000 tons. The British navy has previously announced that the pilot has been brought on board safely.
British media speculated this month that the accident may have been caused by a rain cover or hood being left on the F-35 aircraft, while someone should have taken it off.
The F-35 is Britain’s most advanced and most expensive jet fighter, costing around £100 million (€118 million). The aircraft has not yet been recovered from the sea. It is unclear who released the video.