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Ohio Leaders Spend Nearly $10 Million For New Planes

Ohio leaders spend $9.6 million for new planes.

The governor and other state leaders have two new aircraft for traveling around Ohio on official business.

The state spent $9.6 million and traded in two used planes to get the new aircraft this month. It bought a new, nine-passenger Beechcraft King Air 350i for $5.4 million and a six-passenger King Air 250 for $4.2 million.

That combined cost was less than the actual price for the aircraft because the state saved $1.3 million by trading in two planes that are decades old. A Department of Transportation spokesman says maintenance on those planes was starting to cost the state millions of dollars.

State crews have been training on the new aircraft.

The purchase and trade-in arrangements were made with Kansas-based Beechcraft Corporation.