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Israel grounds F-35 warplanes after US crash

The Israeli military says it has grounded its fleet of F-35 warplanes after a similar aircraft crashed in the U.S. The Israeli military said the U.S. has shared the findings of its investigation into the crash two weeks ago

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Published on: October 11, 2018 23:00 IST
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JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has grounded its fleet of F-35 warplanes after a similar aircraft crashed in the U.S.

The Israeli military said the U.S. has shared the findings of its investigation into the F-35 crash two weeks ago. But Israel's air force chief, Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin, wants to conduct additional tests on Israel's F-35s.

The Israeli warplanes, purchased from the U.S., are a different model than the American one that crashed.

Israel said Thursday the testing will take several days, but the planes remain ready for operational action if needed.

Israel is among a small number of countries using or developing the next-generation warplane.

Disclaimer: This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Associated Press (AP) wire.

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