The F-35B Lightning II fighter jet was reportedly missing after it crashed during a training flight. Photo/Lockheed Martin
WASHINGTON – A Carolina man, United States (US), perfectly described the crash of an F-35B Lightning II fighter jet that was reportedly missing.
Randolph White, a 72-year-old retiree, told local TV station WCBD that he was shaving in the bathroom when he heard the screeching sound of the missing fighter jet after its pilot ejected over South Carolina on Sunday.
“I heard a screeching sound. Somewhere between a screech and a whistle. I said, ‘What the hell is this?’ And I heard an explosion and my whole house shook,” White told the news outlet as quoted by Insider, Wednesday (20/9/2023).
At first, White thought the crash in rural South Carolina might have been caused by a meteorite, but he knew whatever it was, it must have flown quite low because the house was quite sturdy, and it was shaking.
White said his neighbors were lucky they weren’t injured when the multimillion-dollar jet crashed nearby.
“There was a church not far from the crash site,” he told WCBD.
The F-35 fighter jet – an advanced fighter aircraft and one of America’s most expensive weapons systems – went missing on Sunday after suffering a “crash” during a training flight.
The Marine Corps fighter jet pilot and a wingman on a separate plane were flying near Joint Base Charleston when the incident occurred, and the F-35 fighter jet pilot was forced to eject as the storm moved across the area.
According to the Associated Press, the pilot parachuted away from the damaged jet and eventually landed in someone’s backyard. However, the military lost track of where the unmanned jet was flying.
Authorities asked for the public’s help in finding the jet after the pilot ejected. Debris determined to be the remains of the expensive plane was discovered Monday in South Carolina, about 80 miles away from where the pilot landed.