The United States Navy Force are in a race to reach the F-35C fighter jet which crashed recently in the South China Sea- before the Chinese get there first.
The jet, which is known as the most advanced plane fighter—with an estimated worth of $200m, had crash-landed on the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier, before falling off into the sea. However, no lives were lost with evidence suggesting all six pilots had ejected before the plane hit the deck.
The plane is also said to hold ‘highly classified’ technology; which could become a ‘goldmine’ for Chinese authorities, if not salvaged. Experts now warn that it could reach ten days before the Navy gets to the crash site. A duration which will put the Chinese submarine in an advantageous position.
Pentagon spokesman, John Kirby, reiterated the value of the F-35 while speaking on the mishap, and assured that great precaution will be taken to retrieve the invaluable aircraft.
“We’re certainly mindful of the value of an F-35 in every respect of what value means.
“And as we continue to attempt recovery of the aircraft we’re going to do it obviously with safety foremost in mind, but clearly our own national security interests. And I think I will just leave it at that”, he said.
However, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, has come out to downplay any intentions of the Asian country’s plan to find the crashed plane.
“I noted relevant reports. This is not the first time that the US has 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”, he assured