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Marine Corps issues two-day aviation stand down after recent crashes

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point will be conducting a full-scale sudden crisis training exercise on Tuesday, closing some ENC waterways.
(Photo: Lance Cpl. Andrea Cleopatra Dick)
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The Marine Corps has issued a service-wide stand-down for all aviation units worldwide.

The two-day pause was issued by Marine Corps acting commandant Gen. Eric Smith after three aviation “mishaps” within the last two months.

Debris from an F-35 was found in South Carolina on Monday after the pilot ejected safely over the weekend.

At the end of August, a pilot was killed in an F-18 crash near San Diego, and an MV-22B Osprey crash in Australia killed three Marines and injured 20 other military personnel in August as well.

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