Pentagon grounds F-35 fleet after engine crack found
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon grounded its entire F-35 fighter jet fleet today after a cracked engine blade turned up during an inspection.
The Pentagon said the flaw was found at Edwards Air Force Base in California on an Air Force-issued F-35. There are other versions of the jet which are flown by the Navy and Marine Corps; all were grounded Friday under the Pentagon's order.
The F-35 is the Pentagon's most expensive weapons program, costing an estimated total of around $400 billion.
The Pentagon said the engine part was shipped to a facility in Connecticut for a more thorough inspection, and the jets will stay grounded until an investigation into what caused the crack is completed.
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