US military grounds its entire fleet of F-35 fighter jets in the wake of South Carolina crash

US military grounds its entire fleet of F-35 fighter jets in the wake of South Carolina crash
US military grounds its entire fleet of F-35 fighter jets in the wake of South Carolina crash
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Published time: 11 Oct, 2018 14:08 Edited time: 11 Oct, 2018 14:22

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US military grounds its entire fleet of F-35 fighter jets in the wake of South Carolina crash

The entire fleet of F-35 fighter jets has been grounded to inspect the aircraft for suspected faulty fuel tubes, the US military said. The decision comes in the wake of a Marine Corps’ F-35B crash in South Carolina last month.

The grounding order affects all variants of the advanced fighter jets, including the Air Force’s F-35A and the Navy’s F-35C. The engines of the aircraft will be checked for suspected faulty tubes and replacements made where necessary.

The military say that the inspection process is expected to take up to 48 hours.

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