The United States military has lost their pricey F-35 fighter jet following a pilot's ejection from the vehicle, and they still cannot find it.
Military delegates are now scrambling to find the missing vehicle, which has been misplaced following a manic rush to get a pilot out of the £65million jet. No signs of the jet are forthcoming so far and it could be travelling for 'hundreds of miles' more.
Last spotted flying over South Carolina, the jet costs a pretty penny and the event has been described as a "mishap" which may cost the US army millions. Even their knowledge on the jet is currently "limited".
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New information on the autopilot system has revealed the vehicle could travel for miles more after the ejection, with a Hauge Centre for Security Studies expert saying the plane could carry on for hours, reports the Mirror.
Frederik Mertens said: "Historically, an aircraft without a pilot can fly a long way on autopilot."
Terminology used by the force mark "mishap" as an event which "results in death, injury, illness or property damage."
Whether the jet has caused any such damage, death or injury is yet to be seen. The pilot of the craft was thankfully unharmed following his ejection.
The unnamed military personnel was taken to a nearby medical centre in a stable condition.
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Search efforts from the military are now underway around the Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion area. Both Charleston and Colombia residents were asked to feed any information they had to the US Air Force.
The US military is asking for help from the public, with the Base Defense Operations Centre asking for information on the hard-to-spot aircraft. A statement from officials read: "Emergency response teams are still trying to locate the F-35."
Jeremy Huggins of Joint Base Charleston, said: "The aircraft is stealth, so it has different coatings and different designs that make it more difficult than a normal aircraft to detect."
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