Military officials have located a debris field in Williamsburg County, South Carolina, which may be linked to the recent disappearance of an F-35 stealth fighter jet. The aircraft, identified as a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II from the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, experienced a “mishap,” causing the pilot to eject safely before it went missing. As the investigation unfolds, command of the incident has been handed over to the United States Marine Corps, and a temporary halt in Marine Corps aviation operations has been announced to address recent aviation “mishaps” and reinforce safety procedures.
- A Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet from the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort went missing in South Carolina, with the pilot ejecting safely and receiving medical treatment.
- A debris field possibly connected to the missing jet was found in Williamsburg County, although officials have not confirmed that the debris belongs to the lost aircraft.
- Following the discovery of the debris field, the U.S Marine Corps has taken over the command of the ongoing investigation and urged community members to steer clear of the area to facilitate the recovery process.
- South Carolina Congresswoman Nancy Mace expressed frustration over the lack of information available about the incident, noting an uninformative briefing she received.
- The Marine Corps announced a two-day pause in flight operations to evaluate and reinforce aviation safety measures and standards, following a series of recent mishaps.