Headline RoundupSeptember 20th, 2023

How Did a Fighter Jet Go Missing?

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Questions remain about the F-35 fighter jet that was found destroyed in South Carolina on Monday after the pilot safely ejected.

What We Know: The jet's pilot left it on autopilot before safely ejecting at an approximate altitude of 1,000 feet on Sunday and landing in a residential area. The military then asked for the public's help in locating the plane, suggesting they had lost any tracking capabilities. Searchers discovered the plane's wreckage roughly two hours north of Joint Base Charleston. The Marines say the plane's loss will cost around $100 million. No injuries were reported. 

What We Don't Know: It's unclear why the pilot ejected or why the F-35 crashed.

Key Quotes: "The mishap is currently under investigation, and we are unable to provide additional details to preserve the integrity of the investigative process," the Marine Corps said Monday after the search concluded. The Marines also said the pilot "experienced a malfunction and was forced to eject," but offered no further detail.

How the Media Covered it: Sources across the spectrum covered the incident as a top story this week. Many across the spectrum focused on how the incident happened over a heavily populated area and could have resulted in significant damage and loss of life.

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