Pentagon Grounds F-35 Fighters Over Engine Problem

RIA Novosti
Friday 22nd February, 2013

WASHINGTON, February 22 (RIA Novosti) – All flight operations of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter planes have been suspended over an engine problem discovered on one of the aircraft, the US Department of Defense (DoD) said on Friday. According to the DoD, a routine engine inspection on Tuesday revealed a crack on an engine blade of the Pratt Whitney F135 engine installed in F-35A aircraft operating at Edwards Air Force Base in California. “As a precautionary measure, all F-35 flight operations have been suspended until the investigation is complete,” the DoD said in …

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