Prince Charles cancels helicopter trip out to HMS Queen Elizabeth

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Prince Charles has at the moment been pressured to cancel his go to to the HMS Queen Elizabeth plane provider because the Royal Navy scrambles to discover a lacking £100million fighter jet after it crashed seconds after take-off.

The ship, which is off the coast of Egypt the place Charles and Camilla are on tour, is at present circling an space of the Mediterranean Sea as they struggle to discover and recuperate F-35B Lightning II aircraft from sea mattress.

The inheritor to the throne, who yesterday visited the The Great Sphinx together with his spouse Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, had been due to helicopter on to the HMS Queen Elizabeth at the moment however the go to has now been stopped for ‘operational causes’. 

It got here as Defence Secretary Ben Wallace admitted that Russian plane have been monitoring the plane however wouldn’t be drawn on whether or not Moscow’s submarines are within the Med additionally on the lookout for the wreckage.

He mentioned:  ‘It isn’t a secret the Russians have been very within the provider group each on the way in which out from the United Kingdom – as she’s sailed and her group in the direction of the Pacific – and now she is again within the Mediterranean. Of course the Russians are taking part in shut consideration – it’s what I’d anticipate’. 

Charles and Camilla turned royal vacationers yesterday. The couple had been proven across the breathtaking Pyramids of Giza, one of many seven wonders of the traditional world, as their Middle East tour took them to Cairo. 

The couple walked rigorously up a number of steep steps hewn out of the facet of the 454ft excessive pyramid known as Khufu – or the Pyramid of Cheops – tomb of a pharaoh. It is made from two million blocks, every weighing 50 tonnes.

Britain has known as on the US to assist discover and salvage a fighter jet that crashed into the Mediterranean after its pilot ejected shortly after take off. Royal Navy servicemen are working with the Americans to recuperate the F-35B from greater than a mile under the floor. 

The UK is believed to have the gear and manpower to rescue the destroyed £100million plane however their Nato allies had been reportedly nearer. 

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall throughout a go to to the Great Sphinx of Giza, on the third day of their tour of the Middle East. Today Charles was meant to go to the HMS Queen Elizabeth plane provider however has cancelled after a £100m aircraft crashed into the ocean

An RAF pilot was pressured to eject over the Mediterranean yesterday, sending his £100million stealth jet crashing into the ocean

How mini underwater autos may very well be used to discover F-35 earlier than inflatable luggage raise it to the floor 

The US are understood to be serving to with efforts to recuperate the aircraft.

Whilst the UK has its personal staff able to carrying out the operation, an American staff and their equipment is at present nearer to the place the accident occurred.

Inflatable raise luggage are manufactured by US agency Subsalve

According to navy sources talked about in The Times, the operation is predicted to contain deep water remote-controlled autos which might be used to discover the F-35 after which connect enormous inflatable luggage to it in order that it rises to the floor by itself.

However, it’s going to have a great distance to journey as a result of it’s believed to be greater than a mile beneath the floor of the Mediterranean.

US-based agency Subsalve produces what it describes as ‘underwater raise luggage’. 

The agency, which has made luggage for the US Navy, lists fashions on its web site which might raise objects weighing up to 48tonnes. The F-35 weighs up to 30tonnes when carrying weapons and its pilot

Whilst the plane has not but been discovered, the US Navy is utilizing system known as a TPL-25 towed pinger locator system to discover the F-35’s emergency relocation pinger.

The TPL-25 system consists of a tool which is towed behind a search vessel. It can detect a pinger at depths of up to 20,000feet (3.8miles).

A Royal Navy supply added to The Times that while the recovery is ‘not rocket science’, the issue is ‘discovering and getting’ to the plane.

The US Navy can also be in a position to make use of winch system known as a Flyaway Deep Ocean Salvage System (FADOSS).

A web page on the navy’s web site says the system gives ‘dependable deep ocean lifting capability of up to 60,000 kilos for the recovery of huge, cumbersome, and heavy sunken objects similar to plane or small vessels.’

In March, the US Navy used the system to raise a Canadian helicopter from the ocean.

The Royal Navy had been racing in the direction of the crash website amid fears Russia will attempt to seize the jet which is full of high secret know-how.

The operation, shrouded in secrecy, is known to contain divers, miniature submarines and inflatable luggage which can be used to raise the aircraft to the floor of the Mediterranean.  

The US is anxious that the jet’s high secret know-how isn’t salvaged by Russia or any of its allies as they’d need to research the stealth know-how carefully to discover a method of defeating the jet. 

Former President Donald Trump blocked the switch of 4 F-35A jets to Turkey after Ankara mentioned it was going to by a Russian missile defence system. 

The Pentagon didn’t need Russian technicians from learning the assault jet’s radar profile or its know-how.  

An RAF pilot was pressured to eject from his jet because it plunged into the ocean quickly after taking off on ‘routine train’ from the Navy’s flagship plane provider, HMS Queen Elizabeth, yesterday.

After he ejected, the pilot was reportedly left dangling from the sting of the HMS Queen Elizabeth as a result of the traces of his parachute grew to become caught on the sting of the flight deck. 

By plunging into worldwide waters, the crash triggered a scramble to discover the next-generation aircraft earlier than it may very well be reached by overseas powers. It s thought to be the primary time an F35-B has crashed in such an space.

The know-how aboard the US-designed plane, together with high secret radar and sensors, is vastly delicate because it permits the F-35 to fly ‘unseen’ in hostile territory at supersonic speeds.

This week’s crash raises contemporary questions in regards to the F-35B, of which Britain at present has 24. 

The UK is about to purchase 138 of the fighter jets from US aviation large Lockheed Martin for £9.1billion within the coming years.

In June 2014 a USAF F-35A had a catastrophic engine hearth brought on by a fractured rotor which noticed it flip right into a blaze because it took off in Florida. Two years later a USMC F-35B set alight mid-flight due to a hearth in its weapons bay.

In 2018, a US F-35B pilot was pressured to eject mid-air after the fighter jet crashed in South Carolina throughout a coaching train.

And final year, an F-35B plane crashed close to Naval Air Facility El Centro in California after crashing right into a KC-130J, US officers informed USNI News.

The US are understood to be serving to with efforts to recuperate the aircraft.

Whilst the UK has its personal staff able to carrying out the operation, an American staff and their equipment is at present nearer to the place the accident occurred.

According to navy sources talked about in The Times, the operation is predicted to contain deep water remote-controlled autos which might be used to discover the F-35 after which connect enormous inflatable luggage to it in order that it rises to the floor by itself.

However, it’s going to have a great distance to journey as a result of it’s believed to be greater than a mile beneath the floor of the Mediterranean.

The US Navy is ready to make use of winch system known as a Flyaway Deep Ocean Salvage System (FADOSS), which is pictured above

Whilst the plane has not but been discovered, the US Navy is utilizing system known as a TPL-25 towed pinger locator (pictured system to discover the F-35’s emergency relocation pinger

A U.S. Navy-owned analysis vessel, deploys the cable-controlled Undersea Recovery Vehicle (CURV-21) off the coast of Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina. The CURV is designed to meet the U.S. Navy’s deep ocean recovery necessities down to a most depth of 20,000 ft

Soon after taking off on ‘routine train’ from the Royal Navy’s flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth plane provider, the F-35B Lightning (file picture) ditched into the ocean and a rescue staff was despatched out to recuperate the pilot 

RAF F-35 Med crash was SEVENTH time £100m jets have malfunctioned in seven years

June 23, 2014: A USAF F-35A had a catastrophic engine hearth brought on by a fractured rotor which noticed it flip right into a blaze because it took off in Florida.

October 27, 2016: A US Marine Corp F-35B set alight mid-flight due to a hearth in its weapons bay earlier than the pilot landed safely in Beaufort, South Carolina.

September 28, 2018: All operational F-35s had been grounded whereas a probe was launched into why a gas tube failed in flight after a horror crash at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina.

April 9, 2019: Parts of the tail of a Japanese F-35 had been discovered within the sea round 85 miles east of Misawa throughout a coaching mission.

May 19. 2020: This F-35 crash on touchdown was brought on by a drained, distracted pilot and unresponsive tail glitch.

September 20, 2020: A F-35 stealth fighter jet fell out of the sky and exploded on the bottom after hitting a KC-130J tanker in a mid-air collision close to the Salton Sea in Imperial County, California.

September 20, 2020: A F-35 stealth fighter jet fell out of the sky and exploded on the bottom after hitting a KC-130J tanker in a mid-air collision close to the Salton Sea in Imperial County, California 

US-based agency Subsalve produces what it describes as ‘underwater raise luggage’. 

The agency, which has made luggage for the US Navy, lists fashions on its web site which might raise objects weighing up to 48tonnes. The F-35 weighs up to 30tonnes when carrying weapons and its pilot.  

Whilst the plane has not but been discovered, the US Navy is utilizing system known as a TPL-25 towed pinger locator system to discover the F-35’s emergency relocation pinger.

The TPL-25 system consists of a tool which is towed behind a search vessel. It can detect a pinger at depths of up to 20,000feet (3.8miles). 

The US Navy can also be in a position to make use of winch system known as a Flyaway Deep Ocean Salvage System (FADOSS).

A web page on the navy’s web site says the system gives ‘dependable deep ocean lifting capability of up to 60,000 kilos for the recovery of huge, cumbersome, and heavy sunken objects similar to plane or small vessels.’

In March, the US Navy used the system to raise a Canadian helicopter from the ocean.

A Royal Navy supply informed the Times: ‘A lot of nations have the potential to recuperate an plane from that depth. We’ve requested the Americans for assist they usually have supplied.’

They added that the navy had been but to pinpoint the place the plane had gone down and had been nonetheless gathering the machines wanted to recuperate it. 

Meanwhile Britain are circling the suspected space to make sure the secretive jet doesn’t fall into enemy palms, similar to these of Russia, which may salvage it however isn’t thought to have the gear close by.

The supply mentioned bringing the aircraft again to the floor was ‘not rocket science’ however ‘the issue is discovering and getting to it — you want a machine that may get to that depth’. 

There are additionally fears the plane could have drifted below the ocean to a unique space than the place they believe it went down. They added: ‘We know the neighborhood however we’d like to discover it and fix floating units to it.’

After he ejected, rockets in his aircraft’s seat blasted him greater than 100feet upwards earlier than his parachute opened. 

F-35 pilot ‘was left dangling from flight deck after ejecting’ 

The unnamed pilot who ejected from the stricken F-35 jet was then left dangling left from the HMS Queen Elizabeth plane provider which he had taken off from.

Rockets in his aircraft’s seat blasted him greater than 100feet upwards earlier than his parachute opened. 

But a supply informed The Sun that when the pilot floated again down in the direction of the warship, he ‘got here inside inches’ of hitting the flight deck. 

Instead, a cross-wind is alleged to have blown him sideways, the place his parachute traces then grew to become snagged on the sting of the 900feet lengthy runway. 

The quick-thinking pilot was then left dangling from the sting of the warship, round 60feet above the water. 

He pulled an escape pin which launched him from his harness and he then plunged into the water.   

‘He made the appropriate resolution,’ a supply mentioned. 

‘We practice for touchdown in water. The last item you need is to get tangled in your parachute traces getting dragged alongside the sting of a 65,000 tonne warship.’

A search and rescue helicopter was then used to pluck him out of the water. 

But a supply informed The Sun that when the pilot floated again down in the direction of the warship, he ‘got here inside inches’ of hitting the flight deck. 

Instead, a cross-wind is alleged to have blown him sideways, the place his parachute traces then grew to become snagged on the sting of the 900foot lengthy runway. 

The quick-thinking pilot was then left dangling from the sting of the warship, round 60feet above the water. 

He pulled an escape pin which launched him from his harness and he then plunged into the water.   

‘He made the appropriate resolution,’ a supply mentioned. 

‘We practice for touchdown in water. The last item you need is to get tangled in your parachute traces getting dragged alongside the sting of a 65,000 tonne warship.’ 

As the UK’s most superior and costly jet, the single-seater can land vertically and solely wants a brief runway to take off.

It is the primary one Britain has lost and the incident is the primary mishap for the RAF’s F-35B fleet and for the £3billion plane provider which left the UK seven months in the past. 

Howard Dyer, a regulatory marketing consultant in aviation, informed MailOnline at the moment: ‘Military planes don’t have to be designed to the identical customary as civilian ones as a result of they don’t seem to be celebration to worldwide guidelines.

‘Everyone in civilian aviation, other than a number of exceptions, has to observe the identical guidelines. Military plans are made by governments with authorities folks on board so don’t have the identical restrictions on them.

‘If there are any garbage planes within the sky, they are going to be navy ones. Civilian planes fly over different nations which is why they’re held to a better customary.

‘But navy ones solely normally can with permission or if they’re invading, so normally keep over their very own nation or sea.’

Retired Rear Admiral Chris Parry mentioned final evening: ‘Although an inquiry will set up the exact reason for the crash, it seems possible that the accident occurred due to engine malfunction.

‘Despite the F-35B’s good security report, it was inevitable that a few of these high-performance plane, which function within the distinctly demanding maritime surroundings, would have been lost at some stage.’

This map exhibits the approximate location of the place the F-35B stealth jet crashed within the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday

By plunging into worldwide waters, the crash triggered a scramble to recuperate the next-generation jet from the ocean mattress earlier than it may very well be reached by overseas powers, significantly Russia. Above: File picture of HMS Queen Elizabeth

History revisited: The 1966 Palomares B-52 bomber crash

In 1966, a USAF B-52G bomber carrying 4 hydrogen bombs crashed right into a KC-135 tanker throughout mid-air over the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain.

Upon impression, the KC-135 was destroyed and all 4 crew members aboard had been killed. The B-52G broke aside, and three of the seven crew died. 

Meanwhile, the 4 nuclear bombs fell 31,000 ft to the floor – three of which had been discovered on land close to the small fishing village of Palomares in Almeria.

The non-nuclear explosives in two of the weapons blew up upon impression, ensuing within the contamination of a 0.77-sq m space with radioactive plutonium. 

The fourth, which fell into the Mediterranean, was recovered intact after a two-month search.   

The Ministry of Defence insisted final evening ‘no hostile motion’ was concerned within the crash. Last evening, the investigation was specializing in technical or human error. 

The pilot, who suffered minor accidents, is known to have been rescued by helicopter. The pilot’s household was knowledgeable of the crash earlier than navy chiefs launched an announcement yesterday afternoon in regards to the incident. 

Having sailed to the Far East and attracted the eye of each Russia and China, the £3billion Queen Elizabeth was final identified to have been within the japanese Mediterranean, after leaving Oman. 

The Prince of Wales is due to go to the provider tomorrow as a part of a royal tour to Egypt.

The Lightning is described by the RAF as a fifth technology fight plane able to conducting air-to-surface strikes and digital warfare. 

The plane makes use of an array of sensors to function undetected in enemy airspace. There had been understood to be not solely eight British F-35s aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth but in addition ten US plane. 

They have carried out some 2,000 take-offs and landings with out incident. When not deployed on the provider, the UK’s F-35Bs are stationed at RAF Marham in Norfolk as a part of 617 Squadron (the ‘Dambusters’). In 2020, US navy assessments discovered 276 totally different faults within the jet’s fight system.

Last evening the Defence Secretary Ben Wallace mentioned: ‘The F-35 ditched quickly after take off. We are happy the pilot is secure and again on board. Our operational and coaching flights proceed.’

The F35s can hover because the come into land that means the necessity a smaller flight deck. Pictured, an F-35B fighter jet prepares to land on the flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth within the Arabian Sea, off Mumbai’s coast on October 21

The Ministry of Defence mentioned: ‘A British F-35 pilot from HMS Queen Elizabeth ejected throughout routine flying operations within the Mediterranean this morning. 

‘The pilot has been safely returned to the ship and an investigation has begun, so it might be inappropriate to remark additional right now. No different vessels or plane had been concerned.’

A complete navy air investigation has been launched by the RAF and US specialists.

America enticed its Nato and different allies into sharing the price of the plane by providing enter into manufacture and 15 per cent of every one is comprised of elements from British firms whereas among the jets might be made in Italy.

But the planes have been suffering from a listing of issues which have despatched prices hovering.

There are fears about shortcomings within the technical techniques underpinning the brand new technology of battle planes will go away them unable to perform correctly.

The true price of the British planes delivered this year is estimated to be over £150million every to cover ‘extras’ similar to software upgrades and spare elements. There are additionally issues aircraft’s software system is weak to cyber-attack and can’t be examined independently by the UK.

The weak broadband on the Royal Navy’s principal plane provider HMS Queen Elizabeth can also be hampering the jet’s skills.

Though the price of the F-35 has been the main focus of consideration, there have additionally been embarrassing stories of operational shortcomings rising from the United States.

In a mock air battle in 2015, the innovative aircraft was defeated by an older technology F-16, a aircraft designed within the Seventies.

In 2020 Pentagon assessments discovered 276 totally different faults in jet’s fight system. They included the 25mm cannon vibrating excessively and issues with the he plane’s ‘digital actuality’ helmet. Overheating, untimely put on of parts within the vertical tails and vulnerability to hearth had been additionally discovered to be points.

The US Air Force briefly grounded dozens its F-35 stealth fighters whereas it investigated an oxygen provide subject.

The Marine Corps, who additionally function the identical F-35B mannequin the UK has bought, was pressured to floor its planes after flaws had been discovered within the  computer system.

F-35: How the planes serving HMS Elizabeth have been plagued with issues

The supply of the RAF’s new, US-built F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter in July 2021  marked a uncommon second of celebration in what has been a troubled project.

The ‘fifth technology’ fighter plane is the world’s most costly weapons system, although prices have lastly stabilised at an eye-watering $406billion.

Manufacturer Lockheed-Martin agreed to cap prices after US President Donald Trump critised the project and even tweeted help for a rival plane. 

Britain is at present launched into a £9.1billion programme to buy 48 of the F-35s, from American aviation large Lockheed Martin, by 2025.

One of the primary 4 F-35B Lightning II plane arrives at RAF Marham in Norfolk on June 6, 2018

America enticed its Nato and different allies into sharing the price of the plane by providing enter into manufacture and 15 per cent of every one is comprised of elements from British firms whereas among the jets might be made in Italy.

But the planes have been suffering from a listing of issues which have despatched prices hovering.

There are fears about shortcomings within the technical techniques underpinning the brand new technology of battle planes will go away them unable to perform correctly.

The true price of the British planes delivered this year is estimated to be over £150million every to cover ‘extras’ similar to software upgrades and spare elements.

There are additionally issues aircraft’s software system is weak to cyber-attack and can’t be examined independently by the UK.

The weak broadband on the Royal Navy’s principal plane provider HMS Queen Elizabeth can also be hampering the jet’s skills.

The issues should not helped by the division chargeable for the computer networks important to the plane’s operation wants to discover financial savings of £400 million this year.

The stories into the prices and different issues prompted the Defence Select Committee to launch an inquiry into the project.

It reprimanded the Ministry of Defence for maintaining parliament and the general public at the hours of darkness in regards to the prices.

The MoD has to date refused to present the estimated price to the UK of shopping for the F-35, past referring to a National Audit Office which used the £9.1billion determine.

MPs mentioned ‘it’s merely not acceptable for the MoD to refuse to disclose to parliament and the general public its estimates for the whole price of the programme’.

Though the price of the F-35 has been the main focus of consideration, there have additionally been embarrassing stories of operational shortcomings rising from the United States.

In a mock air battle in 2015, the innovative aircraft was defeated by an older technology F-16, a aircraft designed within the Seventies.

In 2020 Pentagon assessments discovered 276 totally different faults in jet’s fight system.

They included the 25mm cannon vibrating excessively and issues with the he plane’s ‘digital actuality’ helmet

Overheating, untimely put on of parts within the vertical tails and vulnerability to hearth had been additionally discovered to be points.

The US Air Force briefly grounded dozens its F-35 stealth fighters whereas it investigated an oxygen provide subject.

The Marine Corps, who additionally function the identical F-35B mannequin the UK has bought, was pressured to floor its planes after flaws had been discovered within the  computer system.