Britain seeks America’s help to recover wreckage after F-35 jet crashes into sea
The British military has called on the United States for help to recover its F-35B Lightning II jet from the sea after its pilot ejected during an operation in the Mediterranean.
The UK has its own teams who could salvage the aircraft. However, it is understood the Americans have the closest team. The delicate operation is expected to involve deep water remote-controlled vehicles which will attach huge inflatable bags to the aircraft so it rises to the surface, according to navy sources.
The wreckage of the £120 million British aircraft, equipped with highly sensitive radar and sensors, is believed to be more than a mile below the surface.
An investigation was launched yesterday after the pilot, who has not been identified, ejected from the F-35B