A Beaufort F-35B Lightning II jet at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station experienced an unknown emergency mid-flight, forcing its pilot to eject Sunday. Authorities asked the public to help locate the crash site.
The incident occurred somewhere north of the base, with authorities saying the pilot “ejected safely” Since “an F-35 that was involved in an accident this afternoon.”
The search operation is focused around Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion, according to Jeremy Huggins, Joint Base Charleston public affairs specialist.
“If anyone has information that can help locate the F-35, you are asked to call the Base Defense Operations Center,” Joint Base officials wrote in a post on
Last year, a crash landing of an F-35B at a base in Texas raised safety concerns about the aircraft, leading to some planes being grounded for investigation. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) also temporarily grounded their F-35s at the time.
Touted by Washington and US arms and aerospace manufacturer Lockheed Martin as one of the most advanced fighter jets ever developed, the F-35 project has been costly for US taxpayers, who footed the bill for a long series of delays. , malfunctions and cost overruns. Yet America’s allies, including Canada, Germany and Finland, all lined up to buy the plane.
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