The US army’s Chief of staff, James McConville, has grounded 24-hour aviation safety stand down after two recent deadly helicopter crashes, killing 12 soldiers.
What is the Complete News?
According to the US army, McConville, the US army chief of staff, decided to ground 24-hour safety stand-down aviators until they complete the required training.
McConville made a statement that the safety of their aviators is a top priority, and it is essential to make such a decision in order to prevent accidents and protect personnel.
It will also focus on training protocols to ensure pilots and crew members have the knowledge and awareness so that they can safely complete their missions.
Why Does the US Army Grounded Aviation Safety Stand Down?
The US army made this decision after Thursday’s mid-air collision of two AH-64 Apache helicopters near Fort Wainwright, Alaska, killing three soldiers and leaving another wounded.
According to the US army’s 11th Airborne Division, two soldiers died at the accident spot, and three died while taken to the hospital. One hundred miles south of Fort Wainwright was where the crash occurred.
The Commanding General of the Airborne Division, Maj. Gen. Brian Eifler showed his condolence on the crash. He said it was an incredible loss for three soldiers’ loved ones and their fellows.
Brian added their prayers and hearts are with them, and they are trying their best to provide the complete resources of the army to support them. Another deadly helicopter collision happened between two HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters just weeks later, leaving nine soldiers dead.
The crash happened during a nighttime training mission near Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The helicopters were flying over there for medical evacuation conducting a routine training mission, and at approximately 10:00 pm, crashes occurred in an open field from a residential area.
What is Next?
According to the US army, these two deadly helicopter crashes are under investigation. The Army noted one thing that there is no indication of any pattern creating a connection between the two crashes.
But the army assured that they would come to a conclusion soon. Stay tuned with our website Briefing Headlines for further updates.