A British F35 stealth jet from the UK’s flagship aircraft carrier has crashed into the Mediterranean while flying, with the pilot forced to eject in the first such incident to impact HMS Queen Elizabeth.
Hostile action is not thought to have been involved in bringing down the £100m warplane – one of the UK’s most expensive, classified and valued weapons programmes.
An investigation will likely focus on potential technical or human error.
The crash could raise concerns about the safety of all other F35B jets – used by a number of different nations, including the United States.
For now, all UK flying operations are continuing as usual.