Washington Examiner: Military grounds all F-35s worldwide for inspections after September crash11 October 2018 | 18:02 | FOCUS News Agency
Flight personnel have been ordered to inspect a fuel tube inside each F-35's engine, pull out bad ones and return aircraft with known good tubes to flight status. Inspections are expected to be completed within the next 48 hours, the F-35 Joint Program Office said Thursday morning.
The statement said the inspections were prompted by the Sept. 28 crash of a Marine Corps F-35B outside Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C. The pilot ejected safely.
"The primary goal following any mishap is the prevention of future incidents," the statement said. "We will take every measure to ensure safe operations while we deliver, sustain and modernize the F-35 for the warfighter and our defense partners."
The F-35 comes in three variants for the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, and the program includes a host of international developmental partners and customers. The Sept. 28 crash was a first for the aircraft, which just that week conducted its first airstrikes for the U.S. military over Afghanistan.
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