US, UK and Israel ground entire F-35 stealth fighter jet fleet

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The United States military has grounded its entire fleet of F-35 stealth fighter jets, worldwide, until it can find out why one of the jets crashed in the vicinity of Beaufort, South Carolina on Sept. 28.

The U.S. Defense Department said in a statement that the suspension will allow a “fleet-wide inspection of a fuel tube within the engine on all F-35 aircraft.”

In total, 320 F-35s are grounded in 15 bases and aircraft carriers around the world, in the US, the UK and Isreal.

© Maarten Van Den Driessche

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