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Footage shows RAF Marham F35 crashing into sea



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This is the moment that a £100 million jet fighter ditched into the sea.

The footage shows the F-35 Lightning jetfighter from the RAF Marham-based 617 'Dambusters' Squadron crashing earlier this month as it took off from the Royal Navy's Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean.

The plane reaches the 'ski-jump' on the end of the flight deck but fails to take off successfully. The pilot's ejector seat deploys and he can be seen floating back down to the sea on his parachute.

The pilot was not injured in the accident.Investigations are continuing into what caused the crash and efforts are being made to recover the Lockheed Martin-manufactured fighter plane.

National papers have claimed that the accident was caused by an engine cover being erroneously left on as the plane took off.

F35B Lightning jets are on board the flagship aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (Cpl Lee ‘Matty’ Matthews/MoD/PA) (53423914)
F35B Lightning jets are on board the flagship aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (Cpl Lee ‘Matty’ Matthews/MoD/PA) (53423914)


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