Four of the planes evidently made their way to Ramstein Air Base in Germany, but Sopko says the 16 other planes "were recently towed to the far side of the airport and scrapped by the Defense Logistics Agency."
Sopko attached this photo to his letter:
In a letter to the Defense Secretary and the Air Force Secretary, Sopko demanded more information on the G-222's and why they may have been crushed for scrap metal:
To assist our inquiry, please provide the following information:
+ All documentation, to include electronic communications, related to the decision-making process that led to the approval for scrapping the sixteen G222s.
+ Explain whether alternatives to scrapping the planes were considered and, if alternatives were considered, why they were not pursued, such as flying the planes out of Afghanistan to the United States, Europe or other country for sale?
+ Provide all contractual documentation related to the scrapping of the aircraft and identify any costs to the government related to scrapping the planes.
+ Provide all information concerning surveys or assessments conducted to determine the value of the planes before the sixteen planes were scrapped. Were any or all the aircraft airworthy?
+ Identify and explain any actions taken to pursue administrative remedies against the aircraft manufacturer or maintenance contractor and whether warranty claims were pursued. What efforts were made to return the aircraft to the manufacturer or to obtain a refund?
+ Identify the end use of the scrap metal sold to the Afghan company. Were any of the aircraft parts not scrapped (i.e. engines, tires, brass components)? If so, identify those parts and their disposition.
+ What plans does DOD have for the disposition of the four remaining planes located in Germany?