A US Marine Corps F-35B crashed today South Carolina, near Marine Corp Air Station Beaufort, the US military has confirmed.
The pilot is believed to have ejected but his status is unknown, the official said. The F-35B conducted its first-ever airstrike on Thursday.
This is the first time an F-35 has crashed. The sheriff’s office said in a tweet here that the pilot ejected safely. It wasn’t immediately clear if the pilot was injured.
Military plane crash in Beaufort near Joe Allen Drive area. Appears to have crashed on a bluff/island owned by Clarendon Plantations. Not usually many people over there. Praying for the safety of all involved! pic.twitter.com/dM5a8v2lg1
— 𝑺𝒂𝒎 𝑹𝒊𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒔𝒐𝒏 (@SamRichardsonAM) September 28, 2018
US Marine Corps confirms to me this is unrelated to any RN/RAF F-35 flights off HMS Queen Elizabeth https://t.co/8O3Q1dZKHo
— Jamie Merrill (@Jamie_Merrill) September 28, 2018
More on this as it develops.