US military seeks unusual public help to locate ‘missing’ multimillion-dollar F-35 fighter jet
US Military seeks public help to find missing multimillion-dollar F-35 jet, a stealth-capable US fighter jet that vanished, not from prying eyes but from the American military
The United States Military has sought public help to track or find the missing F-35 jet after a "mishap" caused its pilot to eject on Sunday afternoon. The fighter jet of the US Marine Corps went missing mid-air after an emergency caused its pilot to eject.
“Anyone with information about the jet's whereabouts is urged to contact JB Charleston Base Defense Operations Center at 843-963-3600." the Joint Base Charleston's Facebook account wrote.
Emergency response teams have been deployed to find the jet.
According to an AP report, the planes and pilots were with the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 based in Beaufort, not far from South Carolina's Atlantic coast.
The report also stated, 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 Sgt. Heather Stanton at Joint Base Charleston. Both lakes are north of North Charleston.
Base authorities said they were searching, in coordination with federal aviation regulators, around two lakes north of the city of Charleston.
The planes, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, cost around $80 million each, reports AFP.
There is no additional information about the incident at this time. Authorities are actively investigating the situation.
Milestone Alert!Livemint tops charts as the fastest growing news website in the world 🌏 Click here to know more.