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Hose crimp cited as cause for grounding of F-35Bs

February 14, 2013

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Military officials say a crimp in a lubricating hose is being fixed, allowing the Marine Corps model of the new F-35 fighter jet to fly again at the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma and elsewhere.

The Yuma Sun (http://bit.ly/YgrHSq ) reports that the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office issued a flight clearance notice Tuesday for the F-35B.

The F-35B was grounded after a Jan. 16 test flight at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida had to be aborted.

The lubricating line was found to be improperly crimped on six F-35Bs.

The F-35B is the short takeoff and vertical landing version of the F-35.

Flight operations of other F-35 models were unaffected.

Spokesman Joe DellaVedova of the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office says the improperly crimped hoses are being replaced.

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