Team HeraldA US Marine Corps fighter jet has disappeared in South Carolina following a mid-flight emergency, with the pilot safely ejecting from the aircraft on Sunday. US military authorities have issued a public appeal for assistance in locating the missing multimillion-dollar F-35 plane, as reported by the Guardian.According to military sources, a Marine Corps pilot ejected safely from the F-35 Lightning II jet during a 'mishap' over North Charleston on Sunday afternoon. Base authorities, in coordination with federal aviation regulators, are conducting search efforts around two lakes north of Charleston.Joint Base Charleston, the leading entity in the search, has requested assistance from local residents, urging them to report any information to aid in the recovery of the F-35. A statement posted on the base's X account (formerly known as Twitter) reads, 'If you have any information that may help our recovery teams locate the F-35, please call the Base Defense Operations Center.'In response to the incident, Congresswoman Nancy Mace expressed astonishment on X, saying, 'Now that I got that out of the way. How in the hell do you lose an F-35? How is there not a tracking device, and we're asking the public to what, find a jet and turn it in?'
The F-35 aircraft, produced by Lockheed Martin, carries an approximate price tag of $80 million each, as stated in an AFP report.