The very expensive F35, worth 100 million dollars (90 million euros), ended up in the sea last Monday when a landing on a US military aircraft carrier went wrong. The aircraft hit the edge of the ship and fell into the water.
Seven Marines were injured in the accident, the pilot escaped with the ejection seat. He also suffered minor injuries in the incident.
The F35 fighter jet is the most advanced in the world, writes news channel ABC News. In addition, there would be a lot of classified information in the cockpit. The Americans don’t want it to fall into the hands of the Chinese.
“The race has now begun to get the material to get the wreckage off the ocean floor as quickly as possible,” said Steve Ganyard, a retired Marine and analyst for ABC.
Ganyard says the Chinese probably have an idea of where the fighter jet is, too. “Both countries will want to get their hands on this wreck.”
It is the second time in a short time that an F35 aircraft has hit the water. Last November, a British Army instance fell from an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea. The Americans then helped salvage the wreckage.