The crash site of a Marine Corps F-35 stealth fighter jet, which went missing during the weekend, was located in rural South Carolina. The discovery followed a public appeal by the military to assist in locating the jet designed to evade detection. The pilot had earlier ejected and parachuted safely into a North Charleston neighborhood and was later hospitalized in stable condition. The recent crash led the Marine Corps to pause operations temporarily, marking the third significant accident in recent weeks.
- The debris of the missing Marine Corps F-35 jet was found in Williamsburg County, South Carolina.
- The pilot safely ejected before the crash and is now in stable condition at a hospital.
- This is the third “Class-A mishap” in six weeks, with such events resulting in significant damage, destruction, or severe injuries.
- Gen. Eric Smith, acting commandant of the Marine Corps, ordered a stand-down in operations as authorities investigated.
- Previous accidents include a V-22B Osprey crash in Australia killing three Marines and another jet crash near a San Diego base taking a pilot’s life.