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Military Grounds Entire Fleet Of F-35 Jets

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U.S. Navy variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter conducts a test flight over the Chesapeake Bay. (Lockheed Martin via Getty Images)

U.S. Navy variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter conducts a test flight over the Chesapeake Bay. (Lockheed Martin via Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBS Tampa) – The Pentagon has grounded the entire fleet of F-35 fighter jets, reports Live Science.

The decision comes after one of the state-of-the-art warplanes caught fire last month on a runway at Eglin Air Force Base. The June 23rd incident caused more than $2 million worth of damage to the plane.

While a military investigation is still ongoing, sources tell Live Science that an engine problem sparked the fire.

“Additional inspections of F-35 engines have been ordered, and return to flight will be determined based on inspection results and analysis of engineering data,” said Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby in a statement.

About 104 F-35s are currently in service, most in the Air Force, but the Navy and Marines use modified versions of the fighter, which can take of and land vertically and carries the latest in stealth technology.

Kirby says plans are still underway to debut the jet fighter at two air shows in England starting Friday.

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