"At approximately 11:45, a 2D Marine Aircraft Wing F-35B impacted near the Broad River in Beaufort County".
The pilot, the only person aboard the craft, ejected safely and was being checked for injuries, said a Pentagon spokesman, adding that there were no other injuries.
But this is the first time the military has suffered a full-blown crash of an F-35 involving the ejection of a pilot.
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At that point, she said she ran out of the house and went home, but still does not remember how she got back from the party. But as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepared to move forward and the media closed in around her, Ford stepped forward.
Most of the new planes will be for United States use but some will go to allies.
Israel operates 12 F-35 fighters known in Israel by their Hebrew name, the "Adir", meaning mighty or great. On Thursday, F-35s landed on a British aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, for the first time.
The plane was a Marine F-35B fighter jet on a routine training mission, a spokesperson for the Marine Expeditionary Force said in a statement.
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Smoke rises at the site of a F-35 jet crash in Beaufort, South Carolina, U.S., September 28, 2018 in this still image obtained from social media.
But the programme has faced numerous delays, cost overruns and setbacks, including a mysterious engine fire in 2014 that led commanders to temporarily ground the planes. Trump has attracted criticism and ridicule for seeming to believe this makes the jets "invisible".
The F-35 program is expected to cost the Pentagon about $406 billion for 2,456 fighter jets that the services intend to buy, according to the F-35 Joint Program Office.
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This gives it a small radar cross-section, which is said to allow it to engage enemy aircraft before they see it.