A retired man from South Carolina has revealed what he heard and witnessed in the aftermath of a missing F-35 jet’s crash. The US Air Force requested public assistance to locate a missing Marine Corps F-35 jet that was last seen over South Carolina. After the pilot safely ejected, the plane, a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, belonging to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, reportedly disappeared from sight due to a mishap that forced the pilot to eject.
The pilot then descended onto a residential neighborhood and landed in a backyard before being taken to the hospital in stable condition. The military promptly dispatched a search operation to find the missing jet.
NEW: Williamsburg county local Randolph White explains what he heard when the F-35 fighter jet crashed near his home.
“I heard a screeching… between a screech and a whistle.”
“I said, what in the world is this? And I heard a BOOM and my whole… pic.twitter.com/w3GI5qoQzC
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) September 20, 2023
The following day, a retired South Carolina man, Randolph White, who used to work in a paper mill in Georgetown, recounted hearing the sound of a crash in his vicinity. He was in the bathroom shaving when he heard a screeching and whistling noise followed by a loud boom. White’s house shook with the impact, prompting him to investigate the source of the noise.
White assumed that the sound was a meteorite or some other space object that was probably making its way towards earth. However, he quickly realized that it could have been an airplane flying low and reported this to the authorities.
The next day, Williamsburg County discovered a debris field from the crash, near Joint Base Charleston, two hours northeast of the crash site. Fox News called White’s interview ‘wild,’ but for the people of South Carolina, it highlights a concern that the federal government must answer. If the jet crashed close to a resident’s home in a rural area, then there is a high probability that the residents were at risk.
The military must ensure that such incidents never happen again, and it must work hard to keep the public safe and secure, even in cases of crashes and other military mishaps.