Navy says 3 tiny holes found in Oahu fuel tank

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The Navy says workers have found three tiny holes in a fuel tank where a possible leak of jet fuel was detected in January.

The Navy said Thursday the holes are so small they're not visible to the naked eye. They were discovered Wednesday and Thursday during testing to determine whether air could flow through the tank wall. The ability of air to escape indicates liquid may be able to leak through as well.

Navy Region Hawaii Chief Engineer Capt. Mike Williamson says the holes may be the reason 27,000 gallons of jet fuel was lost.

The Navy has 20 large cylindrical fuel tanks at Red Hill near Pearl Harbor that store fuel for ships and aircraft. Each tank is large enough to hold Honolulu's Aloha Tower.

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