Marines issues stand-down order amid search for missing F-35

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The Marine Corps on Monday issued a service-wide stand down order for all aviation units inside and outside the country after an F-35B fighter jet disappeared over South Carolina.

Marine Corps acting commandant Gen. Eric Smith ordered the two-day pause following three aviation “mishaps” over less than two months – including the disappearance an F-35 fighter jet on Sunday. The advanced $80million jet was lost after its pilot “safely evacuated” over North Charleston for unknown reasons. Joint Base Charleston asked people to contact them if they had any information that could help recover the aircraft. The incident is being investigated, according to base officials.

The pilot ejected and was taken to hospital in stable condition. In an email sent to all Marine Corps personnel, the Marine Corps stated that the safety stand-down will include discussions by aviation officers “focusing on fundamentals of safe flying operations, ground safety and maintenance procedures as well as maintaining combat readiness.” Three Marines were killed and 20 injured in an MV-22B Osprey crash in Australia late in August. Smith ordered an “extremely thorough and rigorous” safety review of the entire service after that incident. The results have yet to be made public. All rights reserved. asking the publicCopyright – 2023 Nexstar Media Inc. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.