The remains of an F-35 fighter jet that went missing Sunday north of Charleston, South Carolina have been located, officials confirmed.
A debris field identified as the jet was discovered approximately two hours northeast of Joint Base Charleston, according to a statement issued Monday afternoon.
With the recovery process now underway, JB Charleston said command of the incident has been transferred to the Marine Corps. Details are limited as the incident remains under investigation. Residents have been advised to avoid the area.
The events unfolded Sunday when a pilot from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 ejected from their F-35B Lightning II jet north of Charleston.
The Marine Corps did not specify whether the jet’s transponder was active or if it was armed with any munitions. The recovery effort continues as investigators work to determine exactly what transpired.