The bizarre 911 call from the pilot aboard the F-35 fighter jet that went missing has been released.
Earlier in September, the malfunctioning $100million stealth fighter was lost mid-flight, and the pilot ejected over South Carolina.
After a frantic effort to make contact with the lost jet, a local resident notified the police that the pilot had landed in their backyard.
“I guess we got a pilot at our house, and he says he got etched or he ejected from the plane,” the homeowner told the dispatcher.
“So we’re just seeing if we could get an ambulance please.”
In the 911 call, the dispatcher at first appears surprised by the caller: “I’m sorry — what happened?”
Later on, the pilot gets on the call and says he is 47 years old, he ejected at around 2,000 feet after “an aircraft failure” and that he had some back pain.
“We have a military jet crash. I’m the pilot. We need to get rescue rolling,” he said.
“I’m not sure where the airplane is. It would have crash-landed somewhere. I ejected.”
In a show of caution, the pilot asked the operator if a plane crash had been reported in the area.
He was then taken to a South Carolina hospital and discharged on Monday afternoon, Defense Department officials said.
Eyewitnesses said the plane was flying “inverted” before the crash.
No injuries on the ground were reported. The crash is currently under investigation.
In a separate eight-minute dispatch call released Thursday, an unidentified official tried explaining that they had “a pilot with his parachute” but no other information.
He said “the pilot lost sight of it on his way down due to the weather”.
The official also recalled hearing a “rather loud noise” about 25 minutes prior that “sounded something like a tornado, possibly a plane”.
Meanwhile, Morgan Wright, Chief Security Adviser at SentinelOne, told Daily Express US that the F-35 was not hacked.
“The level of encryption over a military communications channel would be a significant challenge to overcome against an aircraft flying stateside,” he said.
“There is more reason to believe the pilot is key to understanding what happened. For example, in 1997, an Air Force A10 pilot committed suicide by flying his plane into the side of a mountain.”
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