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F-35 missing in the United States: debris of the fighter jet found

2023-09-19T06:14:57.184Z

Highlights: The U.S. military says it found debris from an F-35 fighter jet that crashed in South Carolina. The fighter jet's air base asked netizens for help in finding the wreckage. The F- 35 Lightning II is renowned for its stealth: it is almost impossible to track on radar, and to locate on ground. The Marines have cited three "Class A air incidents" in the past six weeks, including one in Australia, as the reason for the suspension of flight operations.


In an unusual move, the fighter jet's air base asked netizens for help in finding the wreckage.


The U.S. military said it eventually found debris from an F-35 fighter jet that crashed in South Carolina on Sunday, after asking for the public's help in locating the untraceable wreckage. On Sunday, after a "mishap" forced a pilot of the F-35B Lightning II fighter jet to eject from his aircraft, the Charleston Joint Base had asked users of the social media platform X (ex-Twitter) to "call the base's defense operations center" to provide any information that could help the teams responsible for recovering the wreckage.

A very unusual step that was doubled, an hour later, by a new message indicating that the search, based on the last known position of the fighter jet, was oriented around lakes Moultrie and Marion, in the southeast of the state.

Based on the jet's last-known position and in coordination with the FAA, we are focusing our attention north of JB Charleston, around Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion.

— Joint Base Charleston (@TeamCharleston) September 17, 2023

Almost impossible to track on speed cameras

In fierce competition between the United States and some countries, including France, to sell fighter jets to the world, the F-35 Lightning II is renowned for its stealth: it is almost impossible to track on radar, and to locate.

After an extensive ground and air search operation, "personnel from the joint Charleston-@MCASBeaufortSC base, in close coordination with local authorities, located a debris field in Williamsburg County. The debris was discovered two hours northeast of JB Charleston," the base told X, while thanking local, county and state officials for their assistance.

Williamsburg County is more than 150 km from Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion, a distance that the combat jet can cover in 5 minutes at full speed.

Acting Marine Corps Commander Eric Smith announced a two-day suspension of flight operations to check all security procedures at U.S. air bases, on U.S. soil or abroad, according to ABC News.

Many technical problems

The F-35 aircraft, developed with the Pentagon by the company Lockheed Martin, encounter, since their conception, many technical problems, in addition to their exorbitant cost. The Marines have cited three "Class A air incidents" in the past six weeks. Smith mentioned a recent one in Australia.

According to CNN, a pilot died on August 24 when an F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet crashed near San Diego. A few days later, an MV-22B Osprey crashed during military exercises in Australia, killing three U.S. Marines and leaving five others in serious condition.

VIDEO. F-35 fighter jet crashes on landing, pilot ejects from ground

Last December, during its vertical landing, an F-35B nosedived at Fort Worth, Texas, forcing its pilot to eject. The outcome had, fortunately, not been fatal.

Source: leparis

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