By Rachel Huggins - 07/04/14 10:05 AM EDT
The U.S. military grounded the entire fleet of F-35 fighter jets late Thursday as an investigation into a runway fire, involving one of the fighter jets at a Florida air force base, continues.
In a statement late Thursday, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said the "root cause of the incident remains under investigation. Additional inspections of F-35 engines have been ordered, and return to flight will be determined based on inspection results and analysis of engineering data.”
He added that preparations continue for fleet F-35, the Marine Corps version of the aircraft, to participate in international air shows in the United Kingdom, "however a final decision will come early next week.”