Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office said that the crash occurred around 11:45 am local time, in the Grays Hill area. Emergency crews are responding to the incident.
The pilot “safely ejected” and is being evaluated for injuries, the authorities said. No civilians were hurt.
BCSO: Military plane crash near Clarendon Road/Joe Allen Drive in Grays Hill. Unknown if any injuries. Please avoid area. https://t.co/FvbuK9oCIK— Beaufort County Sheriff's Office,SC (@bcsopio) September 28, 2018
"A 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing F-35B belonging to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501) stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort crashed in the vicinity of Beaufort, South Carolina at approximately 11:45 a.m. (EST), today," the wing said in a statement.
Beaufort is home to five squadrons of F/A-18 Hornets and one F-35B squadron.