F/A-18 crashes rise rapidly as budget constraints have led to overused planes, undertrained pilots

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F/A-18 crashes rise rapidly as budget constraints have led to overused planes, undertrained pilots

by: Tara Copp | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: September 02, 2016

WASHINGTON — A year ago, Navy and Marine Corps leaders gave a dire warning to Congress: Budget cuts have hurt nondeployed units and could cost lives during a major conflict.

The losses happened, but not in combat. Pilots died training at home.

Since May, four F/A-18 Hornet or F/A-18E/F Super Hornet crashes involving nondeployed units killed two pilots and destroyed five planes.
 

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