F-35 military plane crashes in coastal South Carolina

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A military plane has crashed in coastal South Carolina, authorities said Friday. The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office said the crash was reported about 11:45 a.m. near the Grays Hill community. The plane that crashed was an F-35, making this the first crash of the U.S. military’s newest and most expensive aircraft, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports. On Thursday, the Marines announced its first use in combat in Afghanistan.  

The sheriff’s office said in a tweet that the pilot ejected safely. It wasn’t immediately clear if the pilot was injured. 

Authorities asked people to avoid the area.

The crash took place about 4 miles west of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. A woman answering the phone at the station could not confirm a crash and said officials aren’t releasing any information at this time. 

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