A state audit released today sharply criticizes the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) for spending $5.6 million on a new airplane.
According to the audit, the state of Missouri operated 23 aircraft prior to the purchase of the King Air 250. State Auditor Tom Schweich (R) says that included five passenger airplanes.
"There were 113 days in which none of the five existing planes flew, and there were no days in which all five of them flew," Schweich said. "So that leads to the question about why do you need to spend $5.6 million on a new plane?"