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F-35 Crashes in U.S., Apparent First Crash of Its Kind

 

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A U.S. F-35 fighter was completely destroyed in a crash while training Friday, officials said. The pilot safely ejected.
 
The crash appears to be the first of its kind for the troubled F-35 program, marking an unfortunate moment for the most expensive plane in history.
 
Speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of an official announcement, a defense official told AFP that the Marine Corps F-35 had crashed outside Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina.
 
"It's a total loss," the official said.
 
The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said the pilot safely ejected and was being evaluated for injuries.
 
Unit costs vary, but the price tag of F-35s is around $100 million each.
 
The crash comes just one day after the US military first used the F-35, which has been beset with delays and cost overruns, in combat. Multiple Marine Corps F-35s struck Taliban targets in Afghanistan.
 
Launched in the early 1990s, the F-35 program is considered the most expensive weapons system in U.S. history, with an estimated cost of some $400 billion and a goal to produce 2,500 aircraft in the coming years.
 
Once servicing and maintenance costs for the F-35 are factored in over the aircraft's lifespan through 2070, overall program costs are expected to rise to $1.5 trillion.
 

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