Marines Lose F-35 Fighter Jet in South Carolina After Pilot Ejects

USMC asks for public's help.

If you’ve seen an F-35 fighter jet that may have crashed (or not) in South Carolina, you are asked to contact the Marines. They lost one on Sunday when the pilot safely ejected after a “mishap.” They didn’t define which kind of “mishap” caused the problem. The pilot was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.

 UPDATE: Military.com reported that debris from the F-35 has likely been found in eastern South Carolina. The investigation is ongoing.

Generally speaking, the US Military – any branch- doesn’t have to ask for the public’s help in finding an aircraft after an incident. The F-35 Fighter Jet (Lightning II) is an $80 Million-dollar aircraft, so having it go missing (and likely crashed, since it wasn’t being actually piloted at the time) is a big deal. But there are circumstances in which the plane could have continued on for a while.

One of the most sophisticated jets in the world is still missing as officials believe the F-35 was left in a “zombie state” after the pilot was forced to eject. Here is what we know: – 2 fighter jets were flying side by side when the incident took place. – For unknown reasons the jet’s transponder isn’t working. – The incident took place over North Charleston. – The jet’s range is 1200 miles however it’s not known how much fuel was in the jet at the time of ejection. – The search for the jet is now focused on Lake Moultrie which is about 50 miles from North Charleston. Collin Rugg, Co-owner of Trending Politics

The F-35 fighter jet is likely in the bottom of one of the two lakes where authorities are searching, although it was left on autopilot, and there may have been fuel still in it. It’s also a fact that the transponder doesn’t appear to be working, which is why they’ve called for the public to help them locate the jet. Embarrassing not to mention extremely expensive. Unless someone other than the US Military managed…well we won’t speculate that. But wasn’t there a movie…?

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“We’re not certain exactly what the issue with the transponder was, but the bottom line was that we needed the public’s help to track the plane,” said Jeremy Huggins, a civilian spokesman at the base in Charleston. Transponders “should normally be working,” he said. “That’s a requirement we have.”
The air base said it was working with Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort to search for the plane north of North Charleston around Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion, based on its last-known location.
“The mishap is currently under investigation,” the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing said in a statement. “The Department of the Navy has a well-defined process for investigating aircraft mishaps. We are unable to provide additional details to preserve the integrity of the investigatory process.” Bloomberg

The missing aircraft brought out the sarcasm on X, formerly Twitter:

So to reiterate: an $80 Million F-35 Fighter Jet is missing after the pilot safely ejected. Good Grief.



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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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