US pilots refuse flying dangerous aircraft

US pilots refuse flying dangerous aircraft

The US military protest against flights on dangerous aircraft. More than 100 instructor pilots of the US Navy have already refused from flying on the 30-year-old T-45 Goshawks.

The case is that poisoning has become frequent on board because of problems with oxygen system. The boycott was declared at the end of last week. Hundreds of training flights have been already canceled.

Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, head of naval aviation, has pointed out importance of the problem. Given faulty oxygen delivery, a man can be subjected to histotoxic hypoxia, which generates disorientation. As a result, pilots do not feel safe while flying on such aircraft.

A son of the Vice-President Mike Pence, who is in flight training, is among those boycotting flights.

It has also become known recently that more than 60% of the US fighters cannot fly. The case is about F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet carrier jets. As it was reported, one third of them is in maintenance, 35% more wait for spare parts. The main reason of such a situation is connected with lack of money for maintenance of equipment.