Debris of the F-35 plane missing in the United States found

The US army announced Monday afternoon, September 18, that it had found the remains of an F-35 stealth fighter plane that had been sought for approximately 24 hours on the east coast of the country, the pilot having ejected on Sunday afternoon

Debris of the F-35 plane missing in the United States found

The US army announced Monday afternoon, September 18, that it had found the remains of an F-35 stealth fighter plane that had been sought for approximately 24 hours on the east coast of the country, the pilot having ejected on Sunday afternoon. noon for a reason still unknown.

The military, “in close coordination with local authorities, discovered a debris field in Williamsburg County,” South Carolina, the Joint Base Charleston military base wrote on X (ex-Twitter).

The discovery of this cutting-edge military device -- some $80 million each -- puts an end to the all-out search carried out by the American authorities since Sunday afternoon. They had called on residents of the region to help them locate the precious wreck, causing a lot of mockery on the internet.

This unusual call immediately sparked a myriad of reactions. “We knew that the F-35 was stealthy, but this is ridiculous,” said a Republican elected official from South Carolina, Nancy Mace, on X. “How the hell do you lose an F-35? How is it possible that there is no monitoring system and the population is asked… imagine what? To find a plane and hand it over to the authorities? she added.

One of the spokespersons for the Charleston base explained to the Washington Post that the device did have a transponder – a receiver-transmitter allowing it to be located – but that it was not working “for some reason that we don't know. 'have not yet determined'. “That’s why we made a public appeal for help,” continued the spokesperson, Jeremy Huggins.

Authorities have so far limited themselves to saying that based on the last known position of the highly sophisticated F-35B Lightning II, the search was focused on an area north of Charleston, near Lakes Moultrie and Marion. “We are still collecting the information,” another base spokesperson told AFP on Monday. “The investigation is ongoing. » On X, amused, even mocking, comments multiplied about this device belonging to the very prestigious United States Marine Corps. Internet users notably shared fake wanted posters photoshopped on trees: “F-35 missing. 500 dollar reward. »

And because the United States has provided billions of dollars in military aid to Kiev, many were sharing a photo – also manipulated – of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky all smiles, posing in front of a fighter jet. “Did you guys look at Ukraine? » pretended to ask an Internet user. President Zelensky is insistently asking the West for combat planes to fight against the Russian invasion.

Opponents of Democratic President Joe Biden also took the opportunity to attack his government. “Only under the Biden administration can the US military lose an $80 million F-35 in the air,” snarled conservative commentator Benny Johnson in a post on social media is that the plane went into “zombie” mode, meaning it flew – or still flies – on autopilot. Nothing has come from the authorities on this subject. But in 1989, a Soviet MIG-23 flying from Poland crashed near Kortrijk, Belgium, after traveling more than 900 km without a pilot – its own had also ejected from the aircraft.