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Air Force Grounds Hundreds of Training Aircraft

ENID, Okla. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force says most of the grounded T-6A Texan II training aircraft are expected to resume flying soon.    

Capt. Jason Smith with the Air Force Air Education and Training Command at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, said in an email Tuesday that most of the aircraft are expected to resume flying Wednesday.

The aircraft was grounded Friday because of a potential malfunction in the oil line of the aircraft's engine. Smith said inspections are expected to be completed Tuesday night and all aircraft passing inspection will be immediately cleared to fly.

Smith says a total of 445 T-6A aircraft were being inspected following the grounding, which was first reported by the Enid News & Eagle and includes planes Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma; Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi; and Laughlin, Randolph and Sheppard Air Force Bases in Texas.

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