RCAF restricts all non-essential flights fearing wrong oil used in military aircraft engines

All of the military’s , including CF-18 fighter jets, were temporarily restricted in their after concerns were raised about the type of engine oil that might in the planes.

The oil had been mislabelled by a supplier, leading to worries the wrong oil had been used in aircraft .

The Royal Canadian Air Force confirmed Tuesday that flight restrictions were put on aircraft , but spokesman David Lavallee said no were grounded.

The issue arose Aug. 30 when a technician at 8 Wing in Trenton, Ont., discovered an incorrect type of oil may have been used in an aircraft.

“Not knowing how widespread the problem was there was a temporary restriction placed on non- ,” Lavallee said. “That would include things like training flights, exercises and local area .”

Key roles such as operations for NORAD, international, and search and rescue missions were unaffected.

“Within 24 hours most of the fleets were to resume full flying operations,” said Lavallee, noting the CF-18 jets were among the first to be for full flight.

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