A stock F-35 jet image. Picture: Pixabay.

A fighter pilot from RAF Marham was forced to eject from his F-35 jet before it crashed into the Mediterranean Sea.

The incident happened while the squadron from HMS Queen Elizabeth was out on routine manoeuvres at around 10am on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Defence tweeted: “The pilot has been safely returned to the ship and an investigation has begun, so it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time”.