Investigation launched after British F35 jet crashes into Mediterranean Sea

An F35-B Lightning stealth jet Credit: PA

An investigation has been launched after an RAF F35 pilot ejected from his jet that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea.

The Ministry of Defence said the pilot had been safely returned to the HMS Queen Elizabeth.

They added the pilot had been carrying out "routine flying operations" when the ejection happened.

A squadron of F35s, estimated to be worth around £100 million each, are on board the £3 billion aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The incident happened at around 10am UK time on Wednesday.

Former soldier Tobias Ellwood, who chairs the Commons Defence Select Committee, said there were “many questions” about the F35 fighter jet crash.

He said: “Many Questions – but for later – right now welcome to learn all are safe.”

The jets are operated by the renowned 617 Squadron, also known as the “Dambusters” squadron.

The HMS Queen Elizabeth

The 65,000-tonne Royal Navy Flagship has been operating in the Mediterranean since it entered active service this year.

It is due to return to the UK soon.

An MoD spokesman confirmed: “A British F35 pilot from HMS Queen Elizabeth ejected during routine flying operations in the Mediterranean this morning.

“The pilot has been safely returned to the ship and an investigation has begun, so it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

Jets from the vessel previously participated in strikes against the remnants of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.