Landing Mishap Aboard USS Carl Vinson: F-35 C Pilot Ejects, 7 Sailors Injured

F-35C landing mishap
n F-35 C Lightning II, designated to the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, prepares to arrive at the flight deck of Nimitz-class warship USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), June 17,2021 (U.S. Navy picture by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Caden Richmond)

An F-35 C had a “landing incident” on the deck of USS Carl Vinson in the South China Sea.

USNI News was very first to report about an event that required an F-35 C pilot to eject and hurt 7 sailors on Jan. 24,2022 The U.S. Navy later on verified that an F-35 C Lightning II, appointed to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, had a landing accident on deck while USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) was carrying out regular flight operations in the South China Sea, on Jan. 24, 2022.

” An F-35 C Lightning II, appointed to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, had a landing accident on deck while USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) was performing regular flight operations in the South China Sea, Jan. 24,2022 The pilot securely ejected from the airplane and was recuperated by means of U.S. military helicopter. The pilot remains in steady condition. There were 7 overall Sailors hurt; 3 Sailors needed MEDEVAC to a medical treatment center in Manila, Philippines, and 4 were dealt with by on-board medical workers. All 3 MEDEVACs are evaluated as steady. Of the 4 Sailors dealt with by on-board medical, 3 have actually been launched. Extra information and the reason for the inflight incident is under examination,” states the main USN press release.

The origin of the occurrence is under examination; the marine service did not divulge extra information on the status of the airplane.

Although the system the F-35 C came from was not revealed, we understand that the only squadron embarked aboard USS Carl Vinson and flying the F-35 C, the Carrier Variant of the Lightning II 5th generation airplane, are the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA)147 Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is running in the South China Sea along with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group: 10 U.S. Navy F-35 Cs with the “Argonauts” based at NAS (Naval Air Station) Lemoore are embarked aboard USS Carl Vinson while 10 U.S. Marine Corps F-35 Cs belonging to the “Black Knights” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 (VMFA-314) from MCAS (Marine Corps Air Station) Miramar, California, are embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), on the very first Marine F-35 C squadron’s implementation aboard a provider.

The landing accident aboard USS Carl Vinson comes couple of weeks after a British F-35 B crashed into the Mediterranean Sea after a stopped working liftoff from Royal Navy warship HMS Queen Elizabeth. The pilot effectively ejected and the airframe was recuperated from the bottom of the sea.


David Cenciotti is an independent reporter based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, among the world’s most well-known and check out military air travel blog sites. Because 1996, he has actually composed for significant around the world publications, consisting of Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and lots of others, covering air travel, defense, war, market, intelligence, criminal activity and cyberwar. He has actually reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown a number of fight aircrafts with various flying force. He is a previous 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a personal pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has actually composed 5 books and added to much more ones.

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