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Qld RAAF fleet returns to service

AAP logoAAP 2/08/2016 By David Sigston

A squadron of air force planes based in Townsville will resume service after being grounded for more than a month following a chemical scare.

The Royal Australian Air Force's B300 King Air fleet was suspended on June 30 after revelations the flight crew had been exposed to the highly dangerous chemical strontium chromate.

Extensive cleaning of the fleet was carried out and the aircraft will return to service this month.

Strontium chromate is often used as a primer in aircraft manufacturing.

The defence force says lab test results did not indicate any concerning levels of chromate or cadmium.

"There was minimal impact on operations during the short suspension," defence said in a statement.

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