Military officials are currently on the hunt for an F-35 fighter jet in South Carolina. The pilot had to eject on Sunday afternoon due to a ‘mishap’. Fortunately, the pilot landed safely and is now in stable condition at a local medical facility, says Joint Base Charleston in a Facebook update.
Emergency teams are now making efforts to locate the aircraft, an F-35B Lightning II jet. The jet’s last confirmed position was around Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion, two major water bodies northwest of Charleston. The officials at Joint Base Charleston are appealing to the public for help in locating the jet, and have enlisted civilian aid in their ongoing search.
The team reassures the public to cooperate with any military instructions during the search. The jet itself is part of the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501. This training unit focuses on preparing pilots to satisfy their annual training mandates, as noted on their official website. So, while the jet’s loss is grave, it’s fortunate that the pilot is safe and in stable health. The search continues and officials are hopeful for successful resolution soon.