FACT CHECK: Does X Video Show The F-35 Crash?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on social media purportedly shows footage of the F-35 jet crash that occurred on Sept. 17.

Verdict: False

The caption is inaccurate. The video is from an incident that occurred at an Aug. 2023 Michigan airshow.

Fact Check:

Audio has been released of the 911 call that took place after the pilot ejected from his F-35 fighter jet on Sept. 17 in which a man claims an ejected pilot landed at his home,  ABC News reported. The pilot then spoke to the operator and requested rescue for the crash.

The Twitter post purports to show footage of the ejection just before part of the jet explodes. The alleged video was taken by a civilian on a boat who also comments on the event.

The caption reads, “Missing F-35 2 pilots ejected from plane.”

The claim is inaccurate. There is no credible news report that suggests that this video is footage of the recent F-35 crash. This video dates back to Aug. 2023 when a mishap took place at a Michigan airshow. The plane was a MiG 23 Russian fighter jet. Fox 2 Detroit cover the incident in August and confirmed the location to be Michigan. The aircraft did not go missing, footage published by Reuters shows the aftermath of the crash. Police and emergency vehicles were on the scene to control the fire.

Debris of the F-35 jet that went missing on Sept. 17 was found in South Carolina. NBC  reported that the jet crashed just northeast of Joint Base Charlston. The pilot was able to eject and received medical attention and is purportedly in stable condition. (RELATED: No, CNN Did Not Report That Cash App Went Bankrupt)

This is not the first time misinformation has been shared online about the F-35. Check Your Fact debunked a post that claimed the jet was found in Cuba.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter