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08-22-02, 08:29 AM
WASHINGTON -- Age has caught up with one of the military's most storied helicopters.

A crack found in a rotor component of the Vietnam-era CH-46 Sea Knight has led the Navy and Marine Corps to ground the entire fleet, including 45 on duty overseas, officials said Wednesday.

Ward Carroll, a spokesman for Naval Air Systems Command, said the temporary grounding was a precautionary move after the discovery during a routine inspection of a crack in the rotor assembly on a craft at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina.