Aviation Watch: What's Behind Military Flight Safety Issues

Law360 (June 24, 2019, 3:11 PM EDT) -- Earlier this year this column examined commercial airline safety in 2019. Now we turn to the military aviation picture. Military aviation is inherently dangerous. It includes high performance combat aircraft training for and flying combat missions, sometimes with live weapons, where mission achievement has priority; fixed wing transports, helicopters and hybrid MV-22s providing tactical support under hazardous conditions; shipboard operations with their unique dangers and demands; and search and rescue operations in difficult circumstances with lives at stake.

The United States has been continuously at war in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa since 2001. All in all, it’s risky business. Managing...

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