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On Sept. 28, a Marine F-35B crashed into an uninhabited marsh island near the Grays Hill community in SC.

The pilot in that incident ejected safely but the aircraft was destroyed.

A Marine Corps F-35 operating from the USS Essex amphibious assault ship recently struck a Taliban target in Afghanistan, the first successful US combat sortie for the jet.

"In this scenario, we know the exact issue", Harrison said, "and guidance has been provided to complete the inspections", which Harrison said are ongoing.

The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps all have different versions of the stealthy fighter. During the subsequent investigation, certain fuel tubes were identified as a potential problem, largely involving aircraft built before 2015.

The military say that the inspection process is expected to take up to 48 hours. If it is found that good fuel tubes are already installed, then those aircraft will be returned to flight status.

A day before the crash in SC, another Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II was used in its first US combat mission to strike a Taliban target in Afghanistan.

"The US Services and worldwide partners have temporarily suspended F-35 flight operations while the enterprise conducts a fleet-wide inspection of a fuel tube within the engine on all F-35 aircraft", according to a statement issued by the Department of Defense. The HMS Queen Elizabeth is off the eastern USA seaboard in the Atlantic Ocean conducting developmental test trials of the joint strike fighter for the United Kingdom.

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The F-35 program is considered to be the most expensive weapons system in United States history.

The accident marked the first crash of an F-35 in the 17 years since Lockheed Martin won the competition for the fighter jet in October 2001 and teamed up with other contractors to begin production of the high-profile plane.

"The primary goal following any mishap is the prevention of future incidents".

Britain has 16 F-35B jets and has pledged to buy 138 in total. Mission capable rates now hover between 49 and 71 percent, according to Defense News, which first reported the order.

The F-35 program office said the inspections should be completed in one or two days.

The Pentagon said in a statement Thursday that the US military and its global partners, which have also purchased F-35 fighter jets from contractor Lockheed Martin, would be suspending flight operations to inspect the fuel tubes out of caution.

The British Ministry of Defence announced on Thursday that the British military had not grounded their F-35 jets. Gen. Amikam Norkin, wants to conduct additional tests on Israel's F-35s.


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