An F-35B Joint Strike Fighter caught fire while in-flight during a training exercise last month, according to a report from Hope Hodge Seck of Military.com.
The incident was listed by the Naval Safety Center as a “Class A Mishap” — the most serious mishap class — which means that there was $2 million or more in damage.
This seems to be the first time the Marine F-35B variant of the aircraft — which takes off and lands vertically — has caught on fire. An Air Force F-35A caught on fire soon after its pilot started the engine in September. In 2014, another Air Force F-35 caught on fire during takeoff, according to Popular Mechanics.
Another F-35 fighter caught on fire