The pilot of an American plane jumped while landing on a carrier, injuring seven sailors

A total of seven members of the US Navy were injured on an aircraft carrier after a fighter pilot was forced to jump off the aircraft due to a landing problem.

The incident occurred during an exercise in the South China Sea when a US F-35 C Lightning II fighter jet attempted to land on USS Carl Vinson after a routine flight.

To escape, the pilot had to jump off the plane and was rescued by helicopter, but seven sailors were injured on the carrier. Three were taken to a hospital in the Philippines but are in stable condition. The other four sailors were slightly injured and remained on the aircraft carrier.

The Navy has launched an investigation to determine the cause of the incident.

Superships USS Carl Vinson and USS Abraham Lincoln were training in the South China Sea when the incident occurred. The exercise was conducted at a time of high tension between the United States and China. Navy officials said the exercises “demonstrate the navy’s ability to demonstrate great power and support a free and open Indo-Pacific region.”

Beijing has territorial claims to almost the entire South China Sea and regularly branded Washington’s operations as a violation of its sovereignty. Other countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines also have the right to islands in the disputed waterway.

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