Military leaders: More training, newer aircraft needed to halt aviation crisis

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Brig. Gen. David J. Francis, commanding general of the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center and Director of Army Safety, testifies at a House Armed Services subcommittee hearing on DOD aircraft safety, June 13, 2018 on Capitol Hill. Next to him are Rear Adm. (Upper Half) Mark Leavitt, commander of the Naval Safety Center, and Maj. Gen. John T. Rauch Jr., Air Force Chief of Safety and commander of the Air Force Safety Center.  JOE GROMELSKI/STARS AND STRIPES
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Brig. Gen. David J. Francis, commanding general of the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center and Director of Army Safety, testifies at a House Armed Services subcommittee hearing on DOD aircraft safety, June 13, 2018 on Capitol Hill. Next to him are Rear Adm. (Upper Half) Mark Leavitt, commander of the Naval Safety Center, and Maj. Gen. John T. Rauch Jr., Air Force Chief of Safety and commander of the Air Force Safety Center. JOE GROMELSKI/STARS AND STRIPES

Military leaders: More training, newer aircraft needed to halt aviation crisis

by: Claudia Grisales | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: June 14, 2018

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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