Video: F-35 jets take off from the US to Israel/Photo: Lockheed Martin
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un alongside nuclear bombers during his visit to Vladivostok, Russia September 16, 2023/Reuters
The U.S. military on Tuesday night located the wreckage of an F-35 that disappeared on Sunday after its pilot ejected from it over South Carolina. The pilot, whose identity has not been released, parachuted safely and remains in stable condition at the hospital.
The circumstances of the crash for the plane, which cost about $80 million, are unclear, but officials said it was involved in a "malfunction." The search for the Lockheed Martin plane focused on its last known location — in the area of two lakes north of Charleston — in cooperation with federal aviation authorities. His remains were found in rural Williamsburg County.
The aircraft, an F-35B Lightning series, is stealth, so it was designed to be hidden from enemy radar systems.
"Emergency crews are still trying to locate the F-35," the Charleston base's official account on X, formerly Twitter, said. "The public is asked to cooperate with military and civilian authorities as the effort continues."
The most advanced stealth in the world. F-35 aircraft/official website, Lockheed Martin
The base encouraged anyone with information that could help search teams contact its operations center. The Marine Corps said in a statement that information it has about the incident at this time is "limited" and is still trying to gather more information. He added that the incident would be investigated. A U.S. Army spokeswoman said another F-35 plane flying at the time returned safely to the base in Charleston.
In 2018, the U.S. Army temporarily grounded its entire F-35 fleet after a stealth fighter crash in South Carolina.
Last December, the IDF announced the temporary grounding of 11 F-35s following a plane crash in Texas.
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