Plane in Air Force One fleet was at risk of catching fire
Tools and components used to repair a plane’s oxygen system must be cleaned in a particular way to remove any residue that could react when it comes into contact with oxygen, the report noted.
If left unchecked, a contaminated oxygen system could increase the risk of fire or even cause an explosion.
Last year’s mishap did not result in any injuries and the aerospace contractor paid for the damages.
“Boeing fully understands the level of responsibility that comes from working on the President’s aircraft,” Boeing told CNN in a written statement.
The incident had previously been reported by the Air Force Times.
The investigation was triggered when one of the Boeing mechanics notified his superiors that something looked awry, according to Boeing.
“We took swift action to self-report the incident to the US Air Force. The oxygen system was remediated by Boeing at no cost to the government,” the company’s statement said.
The US Air Force has completed a number of independent inspections on the aircraft and determined that it meets all FAA Federal Aviation Administration and US Air Force requirements, according to Boeing, which added that the plane has returned to the Air Force and is preparing for presidential service.