A F-35B fighter jet of the US Marine Corps crashed near Marine Corp Air Station Beaufort in Beaufort County, South Carolina, on September 28.
According to an official statement on the issue, the pilot safely ejected from the jet.
The jet belonged to 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, known as the “Warlords.”
“Marines from MCAS Beaufort are working with local authorities currently conducting standard mishap operations to secure the crash site and ensure the safety of all personnel in the surrounding area,” a Marine spokesman, Capt. Christopher Harrison, told media.
The September 28 incident took place just a day after a similar jet carried out its first-ever combat airstrike. On September 27, a Marine Crops F-35B struck positions of the Taliban in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.
“The F-35B is a significant enhancement in theater amphibious and air warfighting capability, operational flexibility, and tactical supremacy … As part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, this platform supports operations on the ground from international waters, all while enabling maritime superiority that enhances stability and security,” Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, commander of the NAVCENT said in the official statement on this development.