The US military is currently in search of a missing F-35 warplane, following a “mishap” where the pilot ejected.
Officials at a US Air Force base in South Carolina have reached out to the public for assistance in locating the jet or any remnants of it.
The Marine Corps pilot successfully ejected over North Charleston on Sunday afternoon and was taken to the hospital after safely parachuting down.
Military spokesperson Major Melanie Salinas confirmed that the pilot is in stable condition.
The ongoing search for the jet is focused on two lakes north of the incident site, based on its last known location and trajectory.
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Joint Base Charleston posted on Facebook, requesting the public’s cooperation with military and civilian authorities as the search effort continues.
The incident has been labeled as a “mishap”, and anyone with information that could aid the “recovery teams” in their search is urged to come forward.
Following the improvement in weather conditions, police helicopters participated in the search operation over Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion.
Authorities are currently investigating the reason behind the pilot’s ejection.
The aircraft and pilots were part of the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, stationed in Beaufort, which is located near the Atlantic coast of South Carolina.