Military leaders: More training, newer aircraft needed to halt aviation crisis
WASHINGTON – More training time for pilots and newer aircrafts are needed to stem the recent deadly flow of aviation crashes, a panel of military officials told a congressional committee on Wednesday.
Maj. Gen. John Rauch Jr., Air Force chief of staff and commander of the Air Force Safety Center, told lawmakers that pilots are undertaking inherent risks by flying older planes.
The Air Force has seen a higher rate of deadly aircraft crashes, with a 53 percent spike in some of its more serious aviation mishaps so far this year, he said.
“The environment that we live in with aging aircraft and the engineering that’s required to sustain those aircraft…we are certainly setting up hazards there that have to be mitigated” without new planes, Rauch testified before the House Armed Services Committee subpanel on tactical and land forces.
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