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LOSING TIME: U.S. Troops Killed In Plane Crashes Up 131%

Nov 28, 2017
Defense Drumbeat
“Every day we live under a continuing resolution is a day we do damage to our military.”  - Mac Thornberry, Chairman, House Armed Services Committee

U.S. Troops Killed In Plane Crashes Up 131% 

THE PROBLEM:

"Even before the Navy cargo plane crash Wednesday, the number of U.S. troops killed in plane crashes had skyrocketed this year along with the total number of crashes overall compared to this point a year ago, a Fox News investigation has uncovered.

"The number of American troops killed in these plane crashes has more than doubled.  Following the announcement by the 7th Fleet Thursday night that it has ended its search for three missing American sailors hundreds of miles off the coast of Japan, the number of U.S. service members lost to plane crashes in 2017 stands at 37. That is more than 130 percent higher than the number killed in non-combat plane crashes at this point in 2016."
 - Fox News

WHAT WE ARE DOING TODAY:

The CR prevents increases in funding for maintenance and new aircraft to replace the aging fleets our Servicemembers fly across the force.

WHAT WE COULD BE DOING:

The NDAA authorizes $44.2 billion for aviation procurement across the services, $6.0 billion above the FY17 level under a CR, to facilitate getting new aircraft out to our Servicemembers.

 

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