#Breaking: US Marines Issue Two-Day Aviation 'Stand-Down' Following F-35 Disappearance
United States — In an unprecedented move, the United States Marine Corps has issued a two-day 'stand-down' for all aviation units, both domestically and internationally. This directive comes in the wake of the mysterious disappearance of an F-35B fighter jet near Charleston, South Carolina.
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The stand-down order is effective immediately and aims to review operational safety protocols. While the pilot was able to eject safely and has been accounted for, the F-35B remains missing.
"The priority is the safety of our personnel and the community. We are taking all necessary steps to understand the events that led to this incident," a Marine Corps spokesperson said.
The decision to halt all aviation operations underscores the gravity of the situation and raises concerns about the F-35's reliability, given its role as a critical asset in the US military's arsenal.
As the search for the missing F-35 continues, anyone with information is urged to contact the Joint Base Charleston Defense Operations Center at 843-963-3600.