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All U.S. Navy F-18s grounded after incident

All U.S. Navy F-18s grounded after incident December 19, 2016

The U.S. Navy has temporarily grounded all its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler jets after a ground incident at Whidbey Island. According to a release from the USN the aircraft suffered an “on-deck emergency” shortly before take off from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The U.S. Navy Naval Air Forces commander has suspended flight operations after a canopy incident involving an EA-18G from the VAQ-132 “Scorpions”. Since the systems is used by Boeing Super Hornet and the Growler, its Electronic Attack variant, the U.S. Navy has decided to ground both types as a precaution pending further investigation. It’s not clear whether the EA-18Gs supporting the war on ISIS will be affected by the flight restrictions because a Navy spokesperson said that exceptions will be authorized on a case-by-case basis. In the wake of three Hornet crashes from June through October, the U.S. Marine Corps temporarily grounded its non-deployed Hornets for 24 hours, before losing two more F/A-18Cs few days after the ban was lifted.

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