On Friday, the US F-35A fifth-generation fighter jet caught fire during a training flight at a military base in the US state of Idaho.
The F-35A fifth-generation fighter caught fire during a training flight at the Mountain Home military base in the US state of Idaho, the Defense News informational website reported, citing the US Air Force.
The incident happened at around noon on Friday. According to the US Air Force, a fire occurred in the aft section of the aircraft. The fire was quickly extinguished, resulting in no injuries.
As spokesman for the US Air Force Capt. Mark Graff said, as a precautionary measure, the pilot of the fighter jet and three aeronautical engineers were transported to a medical center for standard examination procedures.
Circumstances of the accident are currently being investigated.
According to the informational website, seven F-35A fighters have been delivered to the Mountain Home air base for conducting air defense exercises from 10th to 24th September.
The fire in the aft section is not the only problem of the F-35A. Recently, 15 strike fighters were taken out of operations due to a problem with the coolant line insulation. As it was reported, the insulation around the coolant lines was breaking down inside the fuel tank. According to US military officials, the reason was the use of incorrect materials for manufacturing of the insulation by the supplier.
The insulation issue also impacts 42 F-35s on manufacturer Lockheed Martin’s production line. However, on Friday, when the problem was made public, US military officials said they were certain no other planes had been affected.