Military plane crashes lead to deaths and serious injuries every year. They are also quite expensive.
The Hill reported that since these aviation incidents can lead to the loss of life and money, lawmakers want to find out why they happen to help prevent as many as possible. The results of an investigation revealed some alarming information.
One of the main culprits in crashes was chronic fatigue. The fast pace and demand of the military leave little time for proper sleep practices. Then there are understaffing issues, which means there are fewer people to do the same amount of work. It takes a toll on people and leads to fatigue, and a pilot cannot properly navigate or operate when he or she is tired.
There are also issues with training. Pilots do not have enough time in the air to practice. They are unable to develop their skills to the needed level and training often feels rushed. In addition, they spend a lot of time on duties that are administrative rather than practical. When pilots do not know how to properly fly, it leads to simple mistakes and errors that bring planes down.
Another area lacking in proficiency is maintenance. Some unsafe practices lead to shoddy maintenance work that later causes a crash. There is also an issue with training people to do the maintenance the right way and shortcuts that only lead to trouble.
The military needs some major overhauls to boost morale, encourage more enrollment and allow for proper training at every level. Only when these things happen can the number of plane crashes go down.