Tension As U.S. Military Declares F-35 Fighter Jet 'Missing'

Following Sunday’s mishap near an air base in South Carolina, the U.S. military has announced that it was still searching for an F-35 fighter jet and has asked for the public’s help locating it.

According to a statement from Joint Base Charleston, the pilot of the F-35B Lightning II jet ejected safely from the aircraft.

‘If you have any information that may help our recovery teams locate the F-35, please call the Base Defense Operations Center at 843-963-3600,’ the base said on X, formerly known as Twitter.

The fighter jet’s main advantages, according to its manufacturer, Lockheed Martin (LMT.N), are that it is nearly impossible to track with radar and is packed with advanced sensors and other gear.

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Based on the jet’s last known position, the base said search efforts were focused north of the base around Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion. That could suggest the plane may have crashed in water, which would make it difficult to locate.

The FAA referred queries on the issue to the U.S. military.

In another report, amid escalating legal and political struggles as the 2024 election looms, the son to the President of the United States, Hunter Biden has dragged the Internal Revenue Service to court, claiming that two agents publicly alleging tax-probe interference wrongly shared his personal information.

It was argued that the agents “targeted and sought to embarrass Mr. Biden” with the sharing of confidential tax information in press interviews and testimony before Congress, the suit said. His lawyers argue that whistleblower protections don’t apply, but a lawyer for one agent said any confidential information released came under whistleblower authorization and called the suit a “frivolous smear.”

Africa Today News, New York reports that the lawsuit actually marks the latest legal pushback from Biden as a long-running federal investigation into him unfolds against a sharply political backdrop. That includes an impeachment inquiry aimed at his father, President Joe Biden, seeking to tie him to his son’s business dealings.

Africa Today News, New York

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