GLENDALE, Ariz. - A flashlight left behind during maintenance work is responsible for damaging the engine of a $14 million F-35 at Luke Air Force Base, officials said.
According to a report from the Air Force Aircraft Investigation Board, the incident happened on March 15 last year.
The jet was undergoing some maintenance work and a three-member team failed to complete a tool kit inventory. When the jet's engine was restarted, the flashlight was ingested, causing damage "beyond repair."
"The Board President found by a preponderance of evidence that a handheld flashlight caused the damage to the aircraft," the report said.
No one was hurt during the incident.