Marines order stand-down of F/A-18s following crashes
WASHINGTON — The Marines have ordered a stand-down of all non-deployed jets following a string of crashes that call into question whether their pilots are at greater risk because of less training and available aircraft.
The stand-down will provide “an operational pause for all [Marine Air Wings] not including deployed units,” said Capt. Sarah Burns, a spokesman for the Marines.
The pause will last one day and will be taken in the next seven days, Burns said. It will allow units to “discuss best practices and to look at ways to continue to improve,” she said.
The stand-down was ordered after another Marine F/A-18C jet crashed Tuesday near Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada. The Navy pilot ejected prior to the crash and was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was released with only minor injuries, the Navy reported. The name of the pilot, who was assigned to the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center, has not been released.
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