U.S. Army Grounds Aviation Units After 12 Soldiers Die in Helicopter Crashes

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United States Army Discontinues Aviation Units for Training

Following the deaths of 12 soldiers in helicopter crashes in Alaska and Kentucky within a month, the US Army has suspended aviation units for training. A spokesperson for the Army, Lt. Col. Terence Kelley, declared that until units had finished the necessary training, air operations would be suspended. Army National Guard and Reserve troops have until May 31 to finish the training; active-duty forces must do so between May 1 and May 5. Except for those taking part in crucial missions, all Army aviators are subject to the suspension of air operations.

In Alaska, a helicopter crashed

Three soldiers were killed and one was hurt after two Army helicopters collided close to Healy, Alaska. The 1st Attack Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment of the Army at Fort Wainwright was departing from training when it crashed. By Saturday, an investigational team from Fort Novosel, Alabama, was anticipated to reach the crash site. The names of the deceased soldiers were not immediately published, but the status of the injured soldier was stable.

Investigation of Crash Reports

Two soldiers were hurt in February when an Apache chopper rolled shortly after taking off from Talkeetna. Nine soldiers lost their lives in a routine midnight training exercise in Kentucky in March when two US Army Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopters collided. The Army asserts that there is no consistent pattern among the crashes. Military investigators are looking into the crashes that happened in Kentucky and Alaska on Thursday.

In Healy, Alaska

Around 250 miles north of Anchorage, in Healy, Alaska, you can find the Denali National Park and Preserve, which is about 10 miles away. The town is well-known for both its stunning natural surroundings and for housing the “Into the Wild” bus. Denali Park visitors frequently spend the night in Healy, but in 2020 the bus that had been left in the wilderness was pulled out and transported to Fairbanks.

The Army’s aviators’ safety is a major priority, according to Army Chief of Staff James McConville. A crucial step in ensuring that every precaution is taken to prevent mishaps and protect people is the Army’s decision to ground aircraft units for training.

Source: ©DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP via Getty Images ; Usatoday

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