U.S. Air Force grounds Boeing's KC-46 tankers over debris issue

March 1 () - The U.S. Air force said on Friday it had stopped accepting Boeing Co's KC-46 tankers since Feb. 20 and is working with the company to resolve the issue of foreign object debris (FOD) that were found in the aircraft.

"No aircraft have been accepted since then, and will not restart until the production aircraft are cleared of FOD, and the Air Force and DCMA have approved a corrective action plan by Boeing that will prevent FOD in the future," U.S. Air Force spokesperson Hope Cronin said in a statement.

The Seattle Times first reported the grounding of the KC-46 tankers on Thursday, citing internal company memos

Boeing has offered to inspect all the aircraft that have been accepted by the Air Force, the official said, adding that a couple of airplanes were nearing acceptance in the coming days but that will not happen.

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