An F-35B fighter jet crashed Friday in the US state of South Carolina, a first for the model.The crash occurred near Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. The pilot ejected before the crash and is being evaluated for injury, according to a statement from the US Marine Corps.
The statement said the cause of the crash is under investigation.
The incident marks the first time that an F-35 fighter jet, which costs more than 100 million US dollars, has crashed.
The crash came one day after the first airstrike conducted by a US F-35 fighter jet over Afghanistan, and hours after the Pentagon announced that it had awarded Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of F-35, with a new batch of F-35s.
The F-35 stealth jet has three variants -- F-35A, F-35B, and F-35C --designed for the US Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy respectively. The F-35B is the only model with short take-off and vertical landing abilities.
Top Photo: U.S. marines load ordnance into an F-35B Lightning II aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex in preparation for the F-35B's first combat strike on Sept. 27. (Photo by Cpl. A. J. Van Fredenberg/U.S. Marine Corps via Getty Images)
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