WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy grounded most of its F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets Wednesday after inspectors found corrosion on some of the planes had damaged a critical wing component.
About 750 of the planes have been grounded until a full inspection of all of the planes is completed, said Bob Coble, a spokesman for the Naval Air Systems Command.
The wing components found to be damaged allow the Hornet's wings to fold for storage on an aircraft carrier. The jet is used by both the Navy and the Marines.
"The discovery was made during routine maintenance," said Coble. "A visual inspection of each plane will be conducted and any planes that have a problem will be repaired."