Sentry aircraft cleared to fly again
25 April 2012
All of the RAF's E-3D Sentry aircraft have been cleared to fly following an investigation into cracks found on the supports for the aircraft's distinctive rotating radar dome, the MoD has announced.
The fleet of seven jets had been limited to essential flights only after the cracks were found on radome supports on 12 April.
On 23 April, defence equipment minister Peter Luff told Parliament that the fault was limited to the supports on two of the aircraft.
By the next day the aircraft had resumed non-essential flying operations, taking part in a flypast over the Houses of Parliament to honour personnel who took part in operations over Libya.
An MoD spokesperson said: "Following detailed analysis of the technical issue that temporarily suspended non-essential routine E-3D Sentry flying, the aircraft have now been cleared for flight again.
"The RAF chain of command have reviewed the safety evidence relating to the E-3D Sentry and have no remaining safety concerns.
"As such, the temporary suspension of E-3D Sentry non-essential flying activity, imposed as a precautionary measure on 12 April, has been lifted and all flying operations have been resumed."