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(The Hill) — The Marine Corps on Monday issued a service-wide stand-down order for all aviation models inside and out of doors the nation after an F-35B fighter jet disappeared over South Carolina.
Marine Corps performing commandant Gen. Eric Smith ordered the two-day pause following three aviation “mishaps” over lower than two months – together with the disappearance an F-35 fighter jet on Sunday.
The superior $80 million jet went lacking after its pilot “safely ejected” for unknown causes over North Charleston, with Joint Base Charleston on Monday asking the public to name them if they’ve any data to assist restoration groups discover the plane.
The pilot who ejected was taken to an area hospital and is in steady situation, and the incident is beneath investigation, base officers mentioned.
In a service-wide electronic mail, the Marine Corps mentioned the protection stand down will embrace discussions led by aviation commanders “specializing in the basics of protected flight operations, floor security, upkeep and flight procedures, and sustaining fight readiness.”
The aviation pause comes after two different aviation accidents, together with an F-18 crash final month throughout a coaching flight close to San Diego that killed the pilot.
Three Marines died and 20 army personnel have been injured when an MV-22B Osprey crashed in Australia in late August.
After that incident, Smith has ordered a “thorough and harsh” service-wide security assessment, anticipated to be wrapped up final week, the outcomes of which haven’t but been publicly launched.