The moment a super stealth fighter warplane crashed into the sea was captured in an alarming video this week.
In the widely seen footage, the F-35C warplane was seen flying before it ploughed into the South China Sea on Monday.
People have since taken to social media to share the 18-second clip which shows the fighter jet getting close to the water before it zooms past the camera.
Near the end of the video, smoke can be seen building over the screen as it makes a heavy impact with the water as it crashes.
The U.S. Navy confirmed they "had a landing mishap on deck while USS Carl Vinson was conducting routine flight operations."
It is unknown at this time as to who captured the video but a spokesperson said it was "taken onboard" Carl Vinson as the crash took place.
Spokesperson Lieutenant Mark Langford confirmed there is an ongoing investigation into the incident, reports Newsweek.
It has been reported that seven people, including the pilot, were left injured as a result of the crash but are all believed to be in stable condition.
Lt. Nicholas Lingo, of U.S. Seventh Fleet, said the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter jet "impacted the flight deck during landing" and confirmed that the Navy was "making recovery operations arrangements for the aircraft."
An image of what appears to show the fighter jet crashed in the water, has been circulated on a number of social media platforms.
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But the Japan-based Seventh Fleet said they "can't confirm the authenticity of the photo", in a statement to Newsweek.
According to rumours addressed in media reports, the F-35C warplane could fall into the hands of China.
But Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian has dismissed the speculation and said Beijing had "no interest in their aircraft.
"This is not the first time the U.S. has had an accident in the South China Sea," said Zhao.
"We urge the country concerned to do things that are conducive to regional peace and stability, rather than flex its muscles in the area."
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