The US military grounds its fleet of Boeing-built Chinook helicopters

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A Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter is seen at the ILA air show in Berlin, Germany April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

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Aug 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. military has temporarily grounded its fleet of around 400 Chinook helicopters due to a risk of an engine fire, a spokeswoman told Reuters on Tuesday.

Planemaker Boeing Co (BA.N) manufactures the heavy Chinook helicopters that support disaster relief operations and medical evacuations. It is used by international defense forces, including those of Italy, South Korea and Canada.

“The military has identified the root cause of the fuel leaks that caused a small number of engine fires among an isolated number of H-47 helicopters, and is implementing corrective actions to address this issue,” the statement said. U.S. Army spokeswoman Cynthia O. Smith.

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Although there were no fatalities or injuries, the grounding was carried out “out of an abundance of caution” until those corrective actions were completed, Smith added.

The grounding, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, involved certain models equipped with engines made by Honeywell International Inc (HON.O), according to the report. https://on.wsj.com/3R1bP7m

Boeing declined to comment and referred questions to the military. Honeywell did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Reporting by Kannaki Deka in Bangalore; Editing by Devika Syamnath

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