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Pentagon suspends all F-35 flights after crash

IANS  |  Washington 

The said Thursday it is suspending all fighter jet operations after an jet crashed last month.

"The US Services and international partners have temporarily suspended flight operations while the enterprise conducts a fleet-wide inspection of a fuel tube within the engine on all aircraft," a statement from the F-35 programme office said, reported.

The statement said that if suspect fuel tubes are installed, the part will be removed and replaced, while with good tubes will resume flight.

The inspection is expected to complete within the next 24 to 48 hours, the statement said.

The suspension came after an jet crashed last month in the US state of The incident marked the first time that an F-35 fighter jet, which costs more than 100 million US dollars, had crashed.

The crash came one day after the first airstrike conducted by a US F-35 fighter jet, and hours after the announced that it had awarded Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of F-35, with a new batch of

The F-35 stealth jet has three variants, F-35A, F-35B, and F-35C, designed for the US Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy, respectively. The is the only model with short-take off and vertical landing abilities.



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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 01:52 IST