A debris field has been found in South Carolina during the search for a F-35 fighter jet that had gone missing after a “mishap” on Sunday, officials confirmed, reported ABC.
A U.S. Marine Corp F-35B has still not been located. If the aircraft flew out into the Atlantic, it may be lost, and at risk of being recovered by a foreign power.
A source has told AFP the last transponder ping for the jet was over the North/South Carolina border.
"The jet’s transponder, which usually helps locate the aircraft, was not working “for some reason that we haven’t yet determined,” said Jeremy Huggins, a spokesman at Joint Base Charleston. “So that’s why we put out the public request for help," reported The Drive.
The pilot is reported to have landed in a Charleston neighborhood after ejecting.