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