Marham aircraft still flying after first crash involving an F-35 in America

PUBLISHED: 10:08 29 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:40 29 September 2018

An F-35 Lightning at RAF Marham     Picture: Ian Burt

An F-35 Lightning at RAF Marham Picture: Ian Burt

Archant 2018

The RAF’s latest stealth bomber is not being grounded - as an investigation gets under way into the first crash involving an F-35.

The jet, which was being flown by the US Marine Corps, came down near Air Station Beaufort, in South Carolina, yesterday.

Its pilot ejected to safety but the £100m aircraft was completely destroyed.

In a statement to American media, the Marine Corps said the cause of the crash was under investigation.

The RAF and Royal Navy are being equipped with the F-35 Lightning. So far 10 of the aircraft have arrived at Marham, which will be their main land base.

A spokesman at the Ministry of Defence in London said there were no plans to ground the aircraft, which fly regular training sorties over Norfolk.

Yesterday two F-35s made the first vertical landings on board the navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, off the east coast of America.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Eastern Daily Press. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Eastern Daily Press