US military asks for help finding missing F-35 fighter jet after ‘mishap’ led to pilot ejected | United States military | ET REALITY

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US military officials have asked the public for help finding a fighter jet after losing sight of it somewhere over South Carolina when the pilot ejected.

A Marine Corps pilot safely escaped from the F-35B Lightning II aircraft over North Charleston on Sunday afternoon after a “mishap,” military officials said, and the search for his missing plane is now focused on two lakes at north of North Charleston.

The pilot parachuted safely toward North Charleston around 2 p.m. and was taken to a local hospital, where he was in stable condition, Maj. Melanie Salinas said. The pilot’s name has not been revealed.

we are working with @MCASBeaufortSC to locate an F-35 that was involved in an accident this afternoon. The pilot ejected safely. If you have any information that could help our recovery teams locate the F-35, please call the Base Defense Operations Center at 843-963-3600.

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

Based on the location and trajectory of the missing plane, the search for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft focused on Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion, said Master Sergeant Heather Stanton at Joint Base Charleston. Both lakes are north of North Charleston.

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Local Congresswoman Nancy Mace saying: “How the hell do you lose an F-35? How come there is no tracking device and we ask the public what, find a plane and deliver it?

A South Carolina Law Enforcement Division helicopter joined the search for the F-35 after bad weather cleared the area, Stanton said.

Authorities are still investigating why the pilot ejected, officials said.

The pilot of a second F-35 returned safely to Joint Base Charleston, Salinas said.

The planes and pilots were from the 501st Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron based in Beaufort, not far from South Carolina’s Atlantic coast.

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