After the pilot escaped and parachuted to safety, the Marine Corps F-35 stealth fighter plane crashed in South Carolina, leaving behind a debris field that was discovered by authorities on Monday.
According to Joint Base Charleston of the Marine Corps, the debris field was situated in a rural area of Williamsburg County.
Residents were urged to stay away from the field, which is about two hours northeast of the facility, while the recovery team tried to secure it. Since the jet’s pilot, whose identity has not been made public, parachuted to safety into a North Charleston neighborhood at around 2:00 p.m., authorities have been looking for the aircraft. Sunday.
He was brought to a hospital, where Marine Maj. Melanie Salinas reported that his condition was stable.
Following the crash of the fighter jet, the Marine Corps stated on Monday that it would suspend operations for two days.
This was the third expensive disaster in recent weeks. The Marine Corps’ acting commandant, Gen. Eric Smith, issued the order to stand down while search crews looked for the missing FB-35B Lightning II plane near two South Carolina lakes.
According to a Marine Corps release, it is the third incident that has been classified as a “Class-A mishap” in the last six weeks. A Department of Defense aircraft is destroyed, there is a death or permanent disability, or there are damages of $2.5 million or more.
According to the Monday announcement, commanders will use the stand-down to reaffirm safe flying principles, practices, and procedures with their Marines.
No information on the first two occurrences was provided in the announcement. However, three U.S. A V-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft disaster in Australia during a training exercise claimed the lives of two Marines, and a combat jet crash at a base in San Diego during a training flight claimed the life of a Marine Corps pilot.
A Marine with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing named Cpl. Christian Cortez claimed the hunt for the missing fighter plane in South Carolina was still going on as of Monday. He claimed that the details of what occurred were being looked into.
According to Senior Master Sgt. Heather Stanton at Joint Base Charleston, the search was concentrated on Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion based on the location and trajectory of the missing plane. North of North Charleston are both lakes.
After some nasty weather passed over the region, a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division chopper joined the search, according to Stanton. Military representatives requested the public’s assistance in locating the aircraft in internet posts published on Sunday.
According to Salinas, the pilot of a second F-35 made a safe landing at Joint Base Charleston.
The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing’s Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 was headquartered in Beaufort, close to the South Carolina coast, and was responsible for the aircraft.