FOX News: Navy instructor pilots refusing to fly over safety concerns; Pence's son affected
More than 100 U.S. Navy instructor pilots are refusing to fly in protest of what they say is the refusal of top brass to adequately address an urgent problem with training jets’ oxygen system, multiple instructor pilots tell Fox News.
The boycott started late last week and has effectively grounded hundreds of training flights.
“The pilots don’t feel safe flying this aircraft,” one instructor pilot told Fox News.
Among the hundreds of student pilots affected is Marine 1st Lt. Michael Pence, son of Vice President Pence – a factor that could put added pressure on the Pentagon to resolve the dispute.
Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, head of naval aviation, told Fox News in an exclusive interview that the training jet issue is the “number one safety priority” across naval aviation right now.
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WNU Editor: Hypoxia problems for U.S. military planes have (unfortunately) been an issue for a long time .... F-22 Oxygen Problem Solved (Updated) (July 25, 2012).