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Marine Jets Grounded After Two Die in Crashes

June 30, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

Fighter jets based at the Marine Corps air station in Beaufort have been grounded after two pilots died in crashes less than 48 hours apart.

A Marine Corps spokesman, Capt. Don Caetano, said the seven fighter squadrons based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort have been grounded while officials examine base procedures. Both incidents involved F/A-18 fighters.

"It's the smart thing to do, and it's the safe thing to do," Caetano said.

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