5 Sailors Charged in F-35C Crash Video Leak

The Navy has revealed that 5 sailors – an ensign and 4 chief petty officers – have been charged with Uniform Code of Navy Justice violations over their alleged half within the leak of video footage from final month’s F-35C Lightning II crash aboard the USS Carl Vinson.

Naval Air Forces spokesman Cmdr. Zach Harrell instructed Navy.com in an emailed assertion that an ensign, in addition to a senior chief and three chief petty officers, have all been charged beneath Article 92 of the army’s code of justice. Article 92 is failure to obey a lawful order.

“The investigation into the unauthorized launch of the shipboard video footage has concluded,” he added.

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USNI News was the primary outlet to report the fees.

The video was the third leak of fabric from this specific crash. A photograph of an F-35C jet floating within the water after which a brief video of the airplane coming in for its touchdown shot from the again of the ship surfaced on social media days after the crash on Jan. 24.

The video tied to the fees, which was first posted on-line on Feb. 6, appeared to have been shot with a cell phone and exhibits roughly one minute’s value of crash footage from the service’s Pilot’s Touchdown Assist Tv (PLAT) on a desktop pc break up over two clips. Within the footage, an F-35 fighter might be seen approaching the deck of the service earlier than putting the deck and continuing to skid alongside its stomach and aspect.

A touchdown sign officer might be heard shouting, “Wave off, wave off” — an order to abort the touchdown try — simply earlier than the airplane strikes the flight deck. Because the airplane skids alongside all the flight deck of the service, its stomach engulfed in flames, it seems the pilot ejects a couple of seconds earlier than the airplane slides overboard.

Harrell mentioned that the Navy isn’t releasing the names of the sailors charged.

In line with Harrell, the sailors within the different two leaks won’t be charged. “That was the willpower made by the commanding officer of the USS Carl Vinson based mostly upon the findings of the respective investigations,” he defined.

The Navy has mentioned that it’s “making restoration operations preparations” for the downed jet, nevertheless it has launched no additional particulars.

The episode was the fifth main incident aboard the Carl Vinson in two months whereas the ship was deployed within the South China Sea. It returned from its deployment on Monday.

— Konstantin Toropin might be reached at konstantin.toropin@army.com. Observe him on Twitter @ktoropin.

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