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Viral Video: UK F-35 jet crashes after taking off from Royal Navy aircraft

Dramatic video of what appears to be an F-35 jet crashing off the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has been posted on social media.

The footage shows a pilot ejecting as the £100 million aircraft falls into the sea.

A UK F-35 jet crashed soon after take-off earlier this month while the carrier was conducting flying operations in the Mediterranean.

The MoD has said it was too soon to comment on the footage and efforts are ongoing to recover the aircraft.

The footage appears to show an F-35 jet approaching the ski jump of an aircraft carrier as it prepares to take off.

Instead of gaining speed, the jet slows down as it reaches the ramp and the aircraft topples into the ocean.

Seconds after the jet disappears from view, a parachute can be seen floating down towards the sea just in front of the 65,000-tonne ship.

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Defence confirmed that a crash had taken place and said the pilot was recovered safely.

In a statement on Monday night, the MoD said it was aware of a video circulating online but said it was too soon to comment on the potential causes of the incident.

It has been speculated that the crash might have been caused by an engine cover being mistakenly left on the jet.