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GALLUP — Navajo Nation officials are lobbying for new jets to replace the tribe’s aging aircraft.

The Gallup Independent reports that the Navajo Nation Council tabled legislation to approve a $20 million loan to purchase new planes in July. The Health, Education and Human Services Committee and the Resources and Development Committee to have a work session on the need for new planes.

At the joint meeting, Division of General Services Director Virgil Brown said the tribal government needs to either buy new planes or gradually shut down its air transportation department.

The tribal government has two King Air 200s that are 30 years old and one King Air 90 that is 20 years old. Officials say the planes need engine overhauls if they will keep running.

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