WATCH Video From F-35B Fighter Jet Crash Site in SC

Military plane crashes in Beaufort County SC pilot ejects safely

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said the crash took place at 11:45 a.m. local time near Clarendon Road and Joe Allen Drive in Grays Hill.

A military pilot has ejected safely after a a plane crash in Beaufort County, South Carolina, according to authorities there.

The crash happened about 3 miles west of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, which is where F-35s are stationed.

The F-35B is a variant of the F-35 and is the only one with the ability to land vertically similar to a helicopter.

"The U.S. Marine pilot safely ejected from the single-seat aircraft and is now being evaluated by medical personnel", said the statmement.

The footage is said to be showing the scene one hour after the crash.

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The pilot successfully ejected from the fifth-generation fighter jet but the pilot's condition was not immediately known, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The jet involved in the incident is believed to have cost around $100m (£77m), although a new Pentagon contract announced on Friday for a record 141 F-35 jets has brought the cost down to around $89.2m per aircraft, according to Reuters.

The plane in the SC crash was one of 245 F-35 fighter jets in the USA military, a Pentagon official said, and one of a total of 320 F-35 jets being flown around the world.

So far, the US military has taken delivery of 245 F-35s, majority to the US Air Force.

On Thursday, a Marine F-35B fighter carried out the first combat airstrike by the American version of the costly fighter.

The crash came a day after the type was used in its first combat sortie.

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