US Navy Grounds Training Jets Over Oxygen Concerns
After flight instructors refused to fly the T-45 Goshawk training jets over concerns about oxygen tanks, the US Navy has grounded the entire fleet of about 200 planes, pending a review. Among the pilots affected is Vice President Mike Pence’s son.
Naval flight instructors refused to fly the training planes on Friday, pointing to the alarming rate of malfunctions in the plane’s oxygen supply. Marine Corps instructors continued to fly, however. On Tuesday, the Navy decided to ground the entire fleet and set up meetings with the instructors at the naval air stations in Texas, Mississippi and Florida.
“We take the concerns of our aircrew seriously and have directed a... safety pause for the T-45 community to allow time for Naval Aviation leadership to engage with the pilots, hear their concerns and discuss the risk mitigations as well as the efforts that are ongoing to correct this issue,” Navy spokeswoman Commander Jeannie Groeneveld said in a statement, which was quoted by Fox News and the Washington Post on Tuesday.
Rear Admiral Dell Bull, in charge of Navy flight training, canceled a planned visit to NAS Meridian in Mississippi on Wednesday and expressed displeasure that the issue has been made public, Fox News reported, citing unidentified Navy officials.
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