Pentagon grounds entire fleet of F-35 fighter jet
Pentagon, United States (4E) – Just a day after inspectors discovered a cracked engine blade in a Marine Corps variant of the F-35, the Pentagon on Sunday grounded the entire fleet of F-35 fighter jets.
Nearly 51 F-35 jets are currently in Navy and the Marine Corps services.
The order came after the inspectors detected a crack during a routine check of Air Force version of the jet (F-35A), one of the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons’ program, at California’s Edwards Air Force Base.
The Pentagon said that the jets would remain grounded until the investigators find the root cause of the crack.
Last month, an F-35B was grounded after its fuel line got detached due to a manufacturing defect shortly before the training flight.