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Suit challenges increase in visiting aircraft's

Posted at 11:37 AM, Jan 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-25 19:43:46-05
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV/AP) - A lawsuit contends Davis-Monthan Air Force failed to comply with environmental-protection requirements to gauge noise and other impacts when approving a plan to have more military aircraft visit the Tucson installation to conduct training flights.
 
The Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest filed the lawsuit Friday in federal court on behalf of several Tucson residents who live in neighborhoods under Davis-Monthan flight patterns.
 
Captain Casey Osborne, spokesperson with Davis-Monthan Air Force Base says, "Davis-Monthan Air Force Base fully complied with all applicable laws when conducting its Total Force Training Environmental Assessment. At this time, the Air Force will not comment on the specifics of pending litigation."
 
The lawsuit contends the Air Force didn't fully analyze health risks and other impacts from flights and violated federal law by failing to conduct a more detailed and rigorous assessment of the proposal.