General Motors has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to remove its seven corporate jets from flight tracking services.
The move comes after US law makers criticised GM bosses for using corporate jets while the company faces crisis. It would make it impossible to see when and where the planes are being used.
“We availed ourselves of the option - as others do - to have the aircraft removed from the tracking service,” said GM spokesman Greg Martin yesterday.
Data recorded on flight tracking services, publicly available on websites like flightaware.com, revealed that GM CEO Rick Wagoner flew from Detroit to Washington on a Gulfstream jet to request a $25 billion (£16.5bn) bailout from the US government.
It also revealed that GM execs had made 10 trips to Washington this year by private plane while crisis talks were unfolding.
Four of GM’s fleet of seven private planes have since been put up for sale.