A US fighter jet, which was involved in a show of force against North Korea, has crashed into the sea. The F-18 crashed while attempting to land on an aircraft carrier in the Celebres Sea, near the Phillipines.
The sole pilot survived by ejecting and landing in the sea, before being rescued by a helicopter crew. He is not seriously injured.
A US military spokesman said: “A pilot safely ejected and was quickly recovered by a helicopter assigned to HSC-4 aboard USS Carl Vinson while conducting routine flight operations during a transit in the Celebes Sea.
“The incident occurred as the FA-18E assigned to Carrier Air Wing 2 was on final approach to USS Carl Vinson. The incident is currently under investigation. “The pilot is being assessed by the medical team on board USS Carl Vinson and there are no apparent injuries at this time.”
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