5 sailors charged with leaking video of Navy plane crash | app


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Five sailors have been charged with violating military law for disclosing video showing an F-35 fighter jet crashing into an aircraft carrier in the South China Sea last month, news said. Navy Thursday.

An ensign, three chief petty officers and a chief petty officer have been charged under Section 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the Navy said in a statement to KGTV-TV in San Diego. Their names have not been disclosed.

Section 92 involves disobeying a lawful order or regulation or failing to perform one’s duties.

The Navy also said the case involved the unauthorized release of aboard video which appeared online this month and showed the F-35C Lightning II hitting the deck of the San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson first, then skidding off the deck into the water on January 24.

The pilot ejected and was injured along with six sailors. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

The wreckage of the multimillion-dollar plane has yet to be recovered.

The carrier sustained superficial damage and was able to resume operations, the Navy said. The Carl Vinson and her strike group returned to San Diego Feb. 14 after an eight-month deployment.

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