Smoke is seen rising from the crash of an F-35B aircraft late last month. Photo: @SamRichardsonAM Twitter

An F-35 B stealth fighter jet reportedly crashed in South Carolina on Friday afternoon, the first such accident for the controversially costly fifth-generation aircraft program.

Local media reported that the pilot ejected safely and that no one on the ground was hurt.

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