US military appeals for public help to find missing fighter jet

The pilot safely ejected from the F-35 over South Carolina.

US military appeals for public help to find missing fighter jet

US military officials have appealed for the public’s help to find a fighter jet after the pilot safely ejected over South Carolina.

The Marine Corps pilot ejected and parachuted from the F-35 and landed in a North Charleston neighbourhood at about 2pm local time no Sunday. He was taken to a local hospital where he is in a stable condition.

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

A South Carolina Law Enforcement Division helicopter joined the search for the F-35 after some bad weather cleared in the area, Ms Stanton said. Military officials appealed in online posts on Sunday for any help from the public in locating the aircraft.

Officials are still investigating why the pilot ejected.

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

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

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