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F-35 jets grounded: Fire during takeoff grounds entire F-35 fleet

F-35 jets grounded: Air Force and Navy officials have grounded the entire F-35 fleet after an initial investigation into a runway fire on June 23, when an F-35 jet caught fire during takeoff

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An F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter takes off on a training sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida in this March 6, 2012 file photo.

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US military officials have grounded all F-35 fighter jets while continuing to investigate a runway fire involving an F-35 at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

In a statement issued Thursday, the Pentagon's press secretary said Air Force and Navy officials ordered the F-35 fleet grounded after initial findings in the June 23 incident.

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Officials said at the time that the jet caught fire during takeoff. No one was hurt, and the cause remains under investigation.

The Pentagon says that additional inspections of F-35 engines have been ordered, and that the return to flight of the F-35 fleet will be determined based on inspection results and analysis of engineering data.

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