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F-35 CRASHES. ENTIRE FLEET GROUNDED.

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Just when the JSF program is starting to put its troubled past behind it, another incident occurs.

On September 29th, a USMC F-35B crashed in South Carolina.  Thankfully, the pilot ejected safely and no lives were lost.

For more details on the incident, check out Foxtrot Alpha.

While the JSF is certainly no stranger to its share of incidents, this is the first time one of the aircraft has been lost due to a crash.

After a brief investigation, the Pentagon has ordered the entire F-35 fleet to be grounded.  This is the second time the entire fleet has been grounded; the first grounding was the result of "engine rubbing" that caused a spontaneous engine fire.



Despite its well-publicized incidents and groundings, the F-35 remains a relatively safe plane.  Its been flying over twelve years, with total flight hours in the hundreds of thousands, and over 320 airframes built.  Not a single fatality has been reported so far.

Many other modern fighters cannot make that claim.

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