Authorities have just discovered wreckage from the missing $80 million F-35 stealth fighter that went down yesterday in South Carolina.
The crash site was identified in the remote area of Williamsburg County, as reported by the Marine Corps’ Joint Base Charleston. Situated approximately two hours from the base, locals have been advised to steer clear of the area during the ongoing recovery operations.
The aircraft, part of the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 501 under the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, was based at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort when the incident occurred, according to JB Charleston Public Affairs.
Based on the jet’s last-known position and in coordination with the FAA, we are focusing our attention north of JB Charleston, around Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion.
— Joint Base Charleston (@TeamCharleston) September 17, 2023
Presently, Joint Base Charleston, in collaboration with the Marine Corps and the Federal Aviation Administration, is spearheading the search for the missing aircraft. Early reports suggest the search is centered north of the base, particularly around the scenic Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion areas.
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… pic.twitter.com/jaHHMKcrif
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) September 18, 2023
Anyone with potential leads or valuable information regarding the whereabouts of the F-35 is urged to immediately contact the Base Defense Operations Center at 843-963-3600.