Pentagon grounds global fleet of F-35 fighter jets after first-ever crash

The planes, which are the most expensive ever made, will have their fuel tubes removed and replaced.

Britain has 15 F-35B jets and has pledged to buy 138 in total.

Unit costs vary, but the planes are said to cost around $100m (£76.6m).

A Marine Corps F-35B was completely destroyed in a crash during training in South Carolina on 28 September.

Joe DellaVedova, a spokesman for the F-35 program, said: “The action to perform the inspection is driven from initial data from the ongoing investigation of the F-35B that crashed in the vicinity of Beaufort, South Carolina.”

Mr DellaVedova added that if the right tubes are already in place, then those planes will be returned to operational status.

He said inspections were expected to be completed within the next 24 to 48 hours.

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