On Thursday, the Air Combat Command of the US service affirmed that the E-3 Sentry aerial target tracking planes had been inspected for substandard tail pins on Wednesday.

The E-3 Sentry aerial target tracking plane, which the US Air Force uses to track targets in the air, has come under scrutiny recently due to the discovery of potentially dangerous parts. Investigations have revealed that tail pins on at least two dozen aircraft across five fleets may be defective. 

In the extensive search for a minute piece responsible for a plane’s tail breaking off, it has been determined that the issue is present in at least two dozen Air Force planes from five different fleets. However, the Air Force has not disclosed the exact number of aircraft that have the hazardous component.

An email from Air Force spokesperson Capt. Laura Hayden revealed that all E-3s in the field had been inspected, and most had resumed normal operations. The Air Force was unwilling to disclose how many Sentries required replacement components, though they confirmed that the amount cleared was enough to meet the daily requirements.

“The only aircraft requiring inspection are in depot maintenance and will be inspected before leaving the depot facility,” Hayden said. “No mishaps have occurred in the E-3 … as a result of non-conforming pins.”

The Air Force reported on Sunday that out of the 90 KC-135s that were inspected.

Over the past three weeks, the KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling fleet maintainers have examined hundreds of planes for substandard pins, and Airmen have finished their inspections. According to Brian Brackens, a service spokesperson, any pins found to be inadequate have been replaced. 

“The fleet continues to meet operational requirements supporting missions around the globe, which is a testament to the skill, speed, and professionalism of our maintenance crews, engineers, and logisticians in identifying and addressing the issue and preventing any potential mishaps,” he said.