Video of the British F-35 crash leaked to social media

Just before takeoff, I lost speed and fell into the sea… Pilot emergency escape

An F-35B fighter and a ski jumper, a take-off aid, are seen on the deck of the British aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth anchored in Cyprus on July 1, 2021. [EPA=연합뉴스자료사진, 재판매 및 DB 금지]

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Hwang Chul-hwan = A video of the F-35B, a next-generation American fighter operated by the British military, crashing while taking off from an aircraft carrier has been leaked on social media.

According to the British BBC on the 29th (local time), a 16-second video showing the crash of a British F-35B fighter is currently being shared on Twitter.

In the video, an F-35B fighter that was about to take off from an aircraft carrier suddenly lost speed on a ski jumping platform, a take-off aid, and fell into the sea.

There was also a scene where the pilot urgently escaped just before the plane plunged into the sea, and a scene where a parachute came down and got caught on the edge of a ski jumping platform a few seconds later.

This video is presumed to be from the crash of a British F-35B fighter jet in the Mediterranean on the morning of the 17th.

The British military said earlier that an F-35B fighter on the Navy’s aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth had crashed during a flight operation, but the pilot was rescued safely.

The BBC reported that there is a high possibility that the video captured by the Queen Elizabeth’s external surveillance camera was leaked outside through some route.

While the cause of the accident is unknown, local media are reporting that it is highly likely that a waterproof cover that was not removed properly was sucked into the engine.

In this regard, the British Ministry of Defense said in a statement on the 29th that it was aware of the situation where the video was being shared online, but it was too early to comment on the cause of the accident.

The UK and the US are working together to find and salvage the F-35B that has sunk to the bottom of the sea. It is said that this is because of concerns that related technology could be leaked if Russia or a third country rescues the crashed plane.

The BBC added that an investigation into how the sensitive video was leaked is expected to be launched soon.

The UK currently has 24 F-35 fighters, with 138 more expected to be purchased in the next few years.

A video of the crash of a British F-35 fighter jet being shared on social media. [트위터 유저 '@sebh1981' 게시물 캡처, 재판매 및 DB 금지]

A video of the crash of a British F-35 fighter jet being shared on social media. [트위터 유저 ‘@sebh1981’ 게시물 캡처, 재판매 및 DB 금지]

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