The Marine Corps has grounded the entire fleet Hornet inoperative as a result of yet another accident, which occurred last Tuesday. The stand-down will cover all Marine Air Wings not arrayed in battle in the globe.
The last F-18C Marine crashed a few hours ago, near the Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada. The pilot, assigned to Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center, was able to launch, reporting only minor injuries. However, it is the second incident in a week to involve Hornet Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 based in Miramar, California.
On 28 July, an F-18C crashed near Twentynine Palms, California, during a night training mission. Died pilot. Last June, two other Super Hornet, this time the Blue Angels, were destroyed during a training mission off the North Carolina coast. Since last May, the US air force has altogether lost five Hornet and two pilots.