Ohio Road Agency To Cut Down Air Fleet

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio transportation officials plan to cut down on their air fleet.

The Department of Transportation wants to sell four decades-old airplanes and two helicopters, more than half its 11 aircraft.

They think the planes and choppers can bring the state $700,000 or more, despite their age and some repair issues.

A cessna 182 was grounded in 2007, while a piper navajo hasn't been airborne in nearly two years.

State officials would like to replace some of the aircraft with newer versions.

However, some budget watchers question the need for many government aircraft in a state that can be easily traveled by ground on its highways.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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