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F-35 forced to land in Texas. Why? (+video)

F-35 forced to land after a caution light appeared. The aircraft that was forced to land was one of two F-35 aircraft being shuttled to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

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One of two F-35 fighter jets headed to a Nevada air base made an unscheduled landing in Lubbock, Texas on Monday after a caution light came on in the cockpit, according to a Pentagon spokesman and the plane's manufacturer, Lockheed Martin Corp.

The F-35, a next-generation stealth fighter, was flying from the Lockheed plant in Fort Worth, Texas to Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas on Monday afternoon, when a caution warning light came on, requiring the pilot to land at the nearest airport, said Lockheed spokesman Michael Rein.

He said the pilot landed safely. The second F-35 aircraft landed as planned at the Nevada air base, joining two other F-35 aircraft that arrived there last week, where they will be used for operational testing and evaluation of the new warplane.

 
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