US Army plane crashes — RT World News
Twelve soldiers have been killed in incidents over the past month, including a deadly episode earlier this week
The US military has ordered the suspension of non-essential military flights in Alaska and Kentucky following fatal helicopter crashes. The Pentagon said all military personnel, including active-duty troops, must undergo additional security training.
The military department announced the decision on Friday, saying the order was effective immediately for all military personnel except them “Participating in important missions.”
“The safety of our service members is our top priority and this resignation is an important step in ensuring that we are doing everything we can to prevent accidents and protect our personnel,” he said. said Army Chief of Staff James McConville.
The ground stop was prompted by a series of recent incidents involving military aircraft. Two AH-64 Apache helicopters crashed Thursday near Healy, Alaska, after a training mission, killing three soldiers and injuring another. The military has not yet determined the cause of the crash, but investigators are expected to arrive at the crash site on Saturday.
Nine soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division were killed in a separate training accident in Kentucky last month. During a night mission, two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters collided mid-air while flying in formation, leaving no survivors.
Last February, another helicopter crash in Alaska, involving an Apache, injured soldiers and damaged the planes, but there were no deaths.
According to the military, the cause of the accident is still under investigation “There is no pattern between the two misfortunes.”
Army spokesman Lt. Col. Terence Kelly said active-duty military members are expected to receive new safety training between May 1 and May 5 to prevent future incidents, while members of the National Guard and Reserves have until May 31 to complete the course. .
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