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THE US has tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended all F-35 op­er­a­tions world­wide af­ter the first-ever crash of the ad­vanced fighter jet led in­ves­ti­ga­tors to sus­pect that a com­mon prob­lem ex­ists with the jet’s fuel tubes, the Pen­tagon’s F-35 Light­ning II Pro­gram said on Thurs­day.

“The US ser­vices and in­ter­na­tional 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,” the state­ment said.

The De­fence De­part­ment said that any faulty fuel tubes in­stalled in the F-35 jets will be re­moved and re­placed, but if known good fuel tubes are al­ready in­stalled, then those air­craft will be re­turned to flight sta­tus. |

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