104 U.S. Navy F-18 fighter planes were grounded because of cracks found in the body
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LONDON: United States,” Navy Times’ website reported on March 12, Naval Air Systems Command ordered 12 , Navy and Marine Corps 104 “Hornet” F/A-18 carrier-based fighter aircraft grounded. Because the inspectors found that the aircraft fuselage cracks began to appear, and the cracks of time than previously thought engineers much earlier.
grounding order involving “Hornet” series, the first four models — from A-to D-type, but not involved in Iraq and Afghanistan combat mission aircraft. Grounded the “Hornet” fighter the Navy and Marine Corps total A-to D-16% of the total number of fighters.
Navy spokesman, Navy Capt. Nate Christensen said the issue did not lead to crashes and other accidents too. He said, 10 occurred in the Marine Corps Fighter Attack Squadron 224 of a “Hornet” F/A-18D carrier-based fighter in the South Carolina coast, crash, irrelevant to the issue. In that accident, the pilot was rescued.
Naval Air Systems Command, the command of the squadron’s aircraft grounded magnetic field inspections. If no cracks, the plane resumed unrestricted flight status, but requested that the crew fly 100 hours each, with the naked eye examination wing.
Christensen said, most of the aircraft in question is the Navy and Marine Corps C-and D-type aircraft, but the “Hornet” series models are likely to experience all the cracks . He said the cracks generally appear in the wing and fuselage connecting seams.
Navy and Marine Corps A-to D-type “Hornet” fighter total of 635.