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    Pilot Error During a Fast Maneuver Blamed for F-35C Crash Aboard Carrier

    Pilot Error During a Fast Maneuver Blamed for F-35C Crash Aboard Carrier

    A Navy investigation is placing blame on a mistake by a pilot for causing the crash of an F-35C Lightning II fighter jet aboard the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson in the South Sea last year.

    The Jan. 24, 2022, crash, which spurred attention with leaks of dramatic video of the accident as well as speculation over the aircraft's recovery, was the result of the pilot choosing to perform a specialized landing but failing to switch on electronic aides in the plane designed to help, the investigators concluded.

    The crash injured the pilot, as well as five sailors on the carrier's flight deck. It also caused millions of dollars in damage to another plane and hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to the deck of the carrier, the report said.

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    The report, which was provided to .com by the Navy, said that the pilot, identified only by his rank of lieutenant, wanted to try an “expedited recovery maneuver” that naval aviators know as the “Sierra Hotel Break” or SHB.

    The report describes it as “when an aircraft initiates a turn to downwind from either behind the ship or over the top of the ship … [using] G-forces to decelerate over the course of a 360-degree turn, dropping the landing gear when the aircraft is below landing gear transition speed.”

    However, former Navy fighter pilots tend to describe the move — which has a…

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