An F-35B Lightning II pilot ejected from their aircraft near Charleston, SC, resulting in a search for the advanced fighter jet. The plane is from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 and was discovered in a debris field northeast of Joint Base Charleston. Incident command has been transferred to the Marine Corps, and the recovery process has begun. The investigation is ongoing, and further details have not been provided. The community has been advised to stay away from the area. The pilot ejected safely and is in stable condition. Multiple organizations, including the Navy, FAA, Civil Air Patrol, and local police agencies, assisted in the search. The F-35B Lightning II is known for its ability to hover and land in small spaces. The cause of the incident is unknown at this time. This incident follows a previous crash in South Carolina in 2018, which was attributed to a faulty fuel tube. The F-35 has experienced several crashes in recent years, but improvements have been made to address these issues. The cost of an F-35B is approximately $80 million.
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