CNBC presenter Shep Smith has talked through the leaked video of a US fighter jet that plunged into the South China Sea after crashing onto the dec
CNBC presenter Shep Smith has talked through the leaked video of a US fighter jet that plunged into the South China Sea after crashing onto the deck of a US aircraft carrier. The F-35 stealth fighter jet crashed while attempting to land on the USS Carl Vinson on January 24.
Mr Smith told CNBC: “The Pentagon now confirms the authenticity of a leaked video that shows an American fighter jet crashing onto an aircraft carrier then plunging right into the South China Sea.”
Commenting on the footage he explains: “You can hear someone yelling wave off right before the impact.
“That’s a term they use to tell a pilot to abort the landing.”
The CNBC newsman added: “You can see the F 35. See lightning to jet slide down the entire carrier with flames erupting out the rear, then it plunges off the edge and right into the South China Sea.”
Mr Smith continued: “It’s quick but the video appears to show the pilot injecting while the aircraft is sliding here.
“You can see what appears to be the pilot rocketing out of the flaming jet.”
“The Pentagon reports the pilot and two sailors were evacuated to a hospital in the Philippines.
“Pentagon now confirms this happened about two weeks ago. “
“The jet is America’s most advanced stealth fighter with a $100 million dollar price tag.
“It’s packed with highly classified technology,” he added.
“The Navy’s been racing to salvage the wreckage before China get its hands on it.”
In Beijing, the foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, said the Chinese government had no ambitions to find the crashed plane.
He stated: “I noted relevant reports.
“This is not the first time that the US has had an accident in the South China Sea.
“We have no interest in their aircraft.
“We urge the country concerned to do things that are conducive to regional peace and stability, rather than flex muscles in the region.”