Military grounds aviation models for coaching after helicopter crashes

The Military has grounded aviation models for coaching following lethal helicopter crashes in Alaska and Kentucky. 

The navy department mentioned Friday that the suspension of air operations was efficient instantly. 

Military spokesperson Lt. Col. Terence Kelley mentioned models had been grounded till they full coaching, in line with The . The coaching for active-duty models is slated to happen between Could 1-5, and Military Nationwide Guard and Reserve models could have till Could 31.

“The transfer grounds all Military aviators, besides these taking part in crucial missions, till they full the required coaching,” the Military mentioned in an announcement.


FILE – This picture supplied by Fort Wainwright Public Affairs Workplace reveals a not too long ago put in new signal on the predominant entry level to U.S. Military Garrison Alaska Fort Wainwright on April 5, 2023, in Fairbanks, Alaska. (Eve Baker/Fort Wainwright Public Affairs Workplace, File)

The crashes killed 12 up to now month and two Military helicopters collided close to Healy, Alaska, on Thursday – killing three and injuring a fourth. Their names weren’t instantly launched.

Navy investigators had been anticipated to reach on the crash web site by Saturday.

Two military helicopters went down in Alaska

Two navy helicopters went down Thursday in Alaska after a coaching flight.   ((WHD Graphic))


This comes after 9 troopers had been killed in March when two U.S. Military Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopters crashed throughout routine night craning northeast of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters

On this picture launched by the U.S. Military, AH-64D Apache Longbow assault helicopters from the first Assault Battalion, twenty fifth Aviation Regiment, fly over a mountain vary close to Fort Wainwright, Alaska, on June 3, 2019.  (Cameron Roxberry/U.S. Military through WHD)

That crash additionally stays underneath investigation, however The mentioned the Military famous there may be “no indication of any sample between the 2 mishaps.”

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In February, two troopers had been harm when an Apache helicopter rolled after taking off from Talkeetna. It was touring to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage from Fort Wainwright.

Peter Johnson