Debris Field From Missing F-35B Jet Found

F-35 jet aircraft against a blue sky.
F-35 jet aircraft against a blue sky.

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B turns on to final approach at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, after a Red Flag mission.

An F-35B jet that went missing over the weekend was found Monday in a bunch of little pieces scattered across a heavily wooded area in northeast South Carolina.

The debris field stretches across Williamsburg County two hours from the Joint Base Charleston. The base posted on its X profile about finding the missing jet Monday night:

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Gen. Eric Smith, the acting commandant of the Marine Corps, ordered the stand-down while authorities searched near two South Carolina lakes for the missing FB-35B Lightning II aircraft.

It’s unclear what prompted the pilot to ditch the aircraft, estimated to be worth at least $90 to $100 million dollars. The F-35 has become notorious over the last 15 years as an unreliable aircraft. Three F-35s crashed last year in routine situations, such as vertical landings.

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