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Military officials search F-35 fighter jet in South Carolina after ‘accident’ forced pilot to eject.

A Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II performs a demonstration flight at the Paris Air Show in 2017. Credit: cnn.com/Michel Euler/AP/File

Military is searching for an F-35 fighter jet near Charleston, South Carolina, after the pilot ejected Sunday afternoon, military officials said.
Joint Base Charleston said in a Facebook post that the pilot ejected safely after the “incident” and was taken to a local medical facility in stable condition. Emergency crews are currently working to locate the plane, an F-35B Lightning II jet.
The plane’s last known locations were near Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion, two large bodies of water northwest of the city of Charleston, according to Joint Base Charleston, which is asking for the public’s help in locating the plane. “As the effort continues, the public is encouraged to cooperate with military and civilian authorities,” Joint Base Charleston officials said.

The aircraft is part of Marine Corps Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, which focuses on training pilots to meet annual training requirements, according to the service’s website.



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