In a rare and unsettling turn of events, a stealth-capable US fighter jet, an F-35, has mysteriously disappeared during a flight mission in South Carolina.
Following what authorities are describing as a "mishap," the pilot was forced to eject from the aircraft but survived and is in stable condition.
However, the multimillion-dollar plane has proven elusive, prompting an unprecedented call to the public for assistance in its recovery.
The incident unfolded in the southeastern state of South Carolina when the F-35 experienced an undisclosed mishap, compelling the pilot to eject from the aircraft for his safety.
While the pilot's identity remains undisclosed, the US military faced an expensive predicament—it could not locate the missing fighter jet.
In an unconventional move, Joint Base Charleston reached out to the public, urging anyone with information about the aircraft's whereabouts to contact the Base Defense Operations Center.
“If you have any information that may help our recovery teams locate the F-35, please call the Base Defense Operations Center,” a statement from the base said.
Base authorities said they were searching in coordination with federal aviation regulators around two lakes north of Charleston city.
Each F-35 aircraft, designed and manufactured by Lockheed Martin, carries a hefty price tag of approximately $80 million. This not only highlights the immense financial investment involved but also underscores the significance of recovering the missing jet, both in terms of national security and fiscal responsibility.
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