- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) - Military officials are investigating how an F-35 fighter jet caught fire during takeoff from an Eglin Air Force Base runway.

Officials say the jet - estimated to cost around $98 million - caught fire on Monday.

No one was hurt, and firefighters were able to put out the fire with suppressing foam.

The pilot was able to shut down the engine and get out of the plane after noticing the fire.

Officials say the extent of damage to the plane is still being assessed, but the damage appears to be significant.

The Daily News (https://bit.ly/1o0bhfr) reports that the Air Force has suspended flights for its 26 F-35s at the base during the investigation into the cause of the fire.

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Information from: Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.), https://www.nwfdailynews.com


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