Debris from a “ghost” F-35 jet was found 80 miles from the base in South Carolina after the fighter jet continued flying even though the pilot ejected

The wreckage of the missing F-35 fighter jet was found 28 hours after the pilot ejected and the plane continued its flight.

The US military had been desperately searching for the stealth aircraft that suffered an “accident” while flying over South Carolina on Sunday afternoon.

An archive image of the F-35B Lightning II fighter jet that disappeared on Sunday

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An archive image of the F-35B Lightning II fighter jet that disappeared on Sunday

The debris field was found 80 miles from the £64million plane’s base in Charleston, finally solving the mystery surrounding its disappearance.

The pilot was able to eject safely after the unknown error, but the plane – reportedly left on autopilot in a “zombie” state – continued to fly for two hours.

“The mishap is currently under investigation and we are unable to provide additional details to preserve the integrity of the investigative process,” the base said Monday.

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