The Air Force’s new KC-46 tanker will not carry cargo or passengers for the indefinite future. The service barred such flights after floor cargo restraints came unlocked during recent tests, Stars and Stripes reported Sept. 13.
Col. Damian Picket, a spokesman for Air Mobility Command, provided a statement to Stars and Stripes that described how crews performed the proper preflight installation and inspection of the restraint system.
“Despite these safety measures, the unlocking of cargo floor restraints occurred during flight, although no cargo or equipment moved and there was no specific risk to aircraft or crew.”
The Stars and Stripes article stated that the KC-46 is designed to carry up to 58 passengers or 18 pallets of cargo, with a capacity of roughly 7,500 pounds each. Boeing, the aircraft’s builder, said in a statement that its teams are working “as quickly as possible” to correct the problem.