The names of three troopers killed in a mid-air collision between two navy helicopters over Alaska have been launched by the U.S. Military on Saturday.
The deceased have been recognized as Chief Warrant Officer 3 Christopher Robert Eramo, 39, of Oneonta, New York; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kyle D. McKenna, 28, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and, Warrant Officer 1 Stewart Duane Wayment, 32, of North Logan, Utah.
“The battalion is devastated and mourning the lack of three of our greatest,” Lt. Col. Matthew C. Carlsen, commander of Alaska-based 1st Assault Battalion, twenty fifth Aviation, stated in an announcement.
A further soldier was injured within the crash and subsequently stabilized at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in Alaska, the U.S. Military’s eleventh Airborne Division stated within the assertion.
The reason for Thursday’s collision between two Apache assault helicopters close to Healy, Alaska, was underneath investigation by a crew from the Alabama-based U.S. Military Fight Readiness Middle, the Military stated.
The plane have been getting back from a coaching train once they collided, it stated.
On Friday, Military Chief of Employees James McConville ordered all Military aviators besides these on essential missions grounded for added coaching.
“This stand down is a vital step to make sure we’re doing all the things doable to stop accidents and shield our personnel,” McConville stated in an announcement Friday.