You can’t make this up folks…
A United States fighter jet has gone missing in the state of South Carolina.
Joint Base Charleston released an emergency announcement declaring they were attempting to “locate an F-35 that was involved in a mishap.”
The plane went missing after the pilot of the F-35B Lightning II jet ejected themselves from the aircraft after encountering a mishap.
Joint Base Charleston has not been able to locate the aircraft and took to social media and wrote “If you have any information that would assist the recovery teams, please call the JB Charleston Base Defense Operations Center.”
🚨#BREAKING: The US military is asking the public for help in locating a missing $80 million F-35 stealth fighter jet that disappeared over North Charleston, South Carolina. Officials have reported that there is no concrete evidence of a crash. The pilot has been found and… pic.twitter.com/v9trKGVOrF
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) September 18, 2023
We’re working with @MCASBeaufortSC to locate an F-35 that was involved in a mishap this afternoon. The pilot ejected safely. If you have any information that may help our recovery teams locate the F-35, please call the Base Defense Operations Center at 843-963-3600.
— Joint Base Charleston (@TeamCharleston) September 17, 2023
NBC News had these details to add:
A U.S. fighter jet’s stealth abilities appear to be working too well, with authorities forced to ask the public for help finding an F-35 that went missing somewhere over South Carolina when the pilot ejected due to a “mishap.”
Joint Base Charleston, an air base in North Charleston, said it was working with Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort to “locate an F-35 that was involved in a mishap” on Sunday afternoon.
The pilot was able to safely eject from the aircraft, an F-35B Lightning II jet, and was taken to a local medical center in stable condition, the air base said in a Facebook post at around 5:35 p.m. ET.
The condition of the pilot was not immediately clear as of Monday morning. The circumstances surrounding the “mishap” also remained unclear. Joint Base Charleston and the U.S. Air Force did not immediately respond to overnight requests for comment from NBC News.
Joint Base Charleston asked the public to “cooperate with military and civilian authorities” as the effort to locate the jet continued. “If you have any information that would assist the recovery teams, please call the JB Charleston Base Defense Operations Center at 843-963-3600.”
NEW: A stealth-capable F-35 US fighter jet vanished on Sunday – not from prying eyes but rather from the American military, prompting an unusual call to the public to help locate the missing multimillion-dollar planehttps://t.co/tyjHWQZZmd
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) September 18, 2023
Per Fox News:
U.S. military officials are searching for a missing F-35 jet after a “mishap” caused its pilot to eject on Sunday afternoon.
Joint Base Charleston said on Facebook that the aircraft was a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II belonging to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. The pilot ejected safely and was transported to a local medical center.
The base is working with Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort to help locate the missing aircraft. Emergency response teams have been deployed to find the jet.
“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 said in a statement on Facebook.