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British investigators fear that the crash of the F-35 fighter jet last week in the Mediterranean was caused by cheap rain covers that were not removed properly.
Officials believe, according to the British newspaper, “Daily Mail”, that the engine of the stealth plane, worth 100 million pounds, pulled the rain cover during takeoff from the aircraft carrier “Queen Elizabeth”, which led to the failure of the engine, forcing the pilot to run away. Take off to jump out of his plane.
Navy personnel reported seeing the cover floating in the sea near Britain’s main aircraft carrier after the accident in the Mediterranean on Sunday.
The sources said in an interview with the British newspaper “The Sun” that the pilot of the Royal Air Force realized the matter and tried to abort the take-off, but was unable to stop the plane before the ship’s runway ended.
The sources added that Navy personnel became aware of the problem “almost immediately” because the rules regarding removing covers and engine covers before flights were “very strict”.
The UK has been working with the US and Italy to recover the plane, which is believed to have been more than a mile below the surface, amid fears that Russia will try to salvage the wreckage to reveal secret technology on board.
And the British Ministry of Defense announced, last week, that the F-35 fighter belonging to its air force had crashed in the Mediterranean during a routine flight, adding that the pilot had succeeded in ejecting himself from the plane before it crashed.
Source: Daily mail