Military management on Friday ordered an aviation stand-down after two deadly helicopter crashes, the newest of which killed three troopers and injured a fourth in Alaska on Thursday.
The order by Military Chief of Employees James McConville grounds all Military aviators besides these on vital missions till they do coaching, the Military stated in an announcement.
“The protection of our aviators is our high precedence, and this stand down is a crucial step to make sure we’re doing the whole lot attainable to stop accidents and shield our personnel,” McConville stated in an announcement.
Twelve troopers have been killed in helicopter crashes since March.
On Thursday, three troopers died and a fourth was injured after two Apache helicopters collided in mid-air in Alaska and crashed, the eleventh Airborne Division stated. They have been returning to Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks on the time.
On March 29, 9 troopers died when the 2 Black Hawk helicopters they have been in crashed in Kentucky, west of Fort Campbell.
Each incidents concerned coaching workouts.
“Throughout this stand down, we are going to concentrate on security and coaching protocols to make sure our pilots and crews have the information, coaching and consciousness to soundly full their assigned mission,” McConville stated within the assertion.
The Military stated that it’ll evaluate “threat approval/threat administration course of,” plane upkeep coaching, how flight briefings are achieved and flight planning, geared toward lowering dangers, amongst different points.
The reason for Thursday’s crash in Alaska is below investigation, and the recognized of the troopers who have been killed haven’t but been launched.
They have been from the first Assault Battalion, twenty fifth Aviation Regiment based mostly at Fort Wainwright.