A Lockheed Martin F-35B (STOVL version) belonging to the U.S. Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 crashed during a training flight on September 28, 2018, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) away from the Beaufort Air Station (KNBC) in South Carolina, United States. The pilot managed to eject safely. No other damage was reported except for the crashed aircraft.

“Marines from MCAS Beaufort are working with local authorities currently conducting standard mishap operations to secure the crash site and ensure the safety of all personnel in the surrounding area,” said the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) in an official statement. It opened an investigation to identify the cause of the crash. The pilot which received medical inspection following his ejection was released from the hospital on September 30, 2018, according to Military.com.

This incident happens a day after F-35Bs were used for the first time by the USMC for a combat mission. On September 27, 2018, several aircraft belonging to the Fighter Attack Squadron 211 took off from the amphibious assault ship USS Essex to carry out an airstrike in Afghanistan.

The day of the crash, Lockheed Martin announced that another order for 141 F-35A fighters was placed by the Pentagon, for a price of $11.5 billion, “a 5.4 percent reduction from the $94.3 million it cost for an F-35A in Low-Rate Initial Production Lot 10 (LRIP 10).”