Marine Corps joins Navy in grounding plane for safety assessment after sequence of crashes

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Maritime Corps joins Navy in grounding plane for security review right after sequence of crashes

Mike Brest

June 13, 09:38 PM June 13, 09:48 PM

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The Maritime Corps said it will institute a short aviation security stand-down just after a collection of crashes, some of which have been lethal, subsequent a comparable final decision by the Navy.

Gen. Eric M. Smith, assistant commandant of the Marines, announced the 1-day pause and observed that units will acquire time to “evaluation finest procedures and emphasis on parts exactly where we can improve in purchase to ensure our units keep on being able, protected, and all set,” Maj. Jim Stenger, Headquarters Marine Corps spokesman, stated in a assertion Monday.


A Navy pilot died June 3 soon after crashing an F/A-18E Tremendous Hornet fighter jet around an air station in Lemoore, California, according to a assertion from Naval Air Power Community Affairs. Days afterwards, five Marines were killed when an MV-22B Osprey, belonging to the 3rd Maritime Plane Wing, went down during a education mission in the vicinity of Glamis, California.

On June 9, a Navy helicopter crashed in the desert in close proximity to the California-Arizona border. All four crew associates aboard the MH-60S Seahawk survived, and a person was transported to a hospital for non-existence-threatening injuries.

“All Maritime Plane Wing units will perform a 1-day stand down, for the duration of which time they will critique chosen incidents, which transpired Division of Protection-broad, and study historical examples of completed investigations,” Stenger added. “Stand downs are not unheard of and are seen as a dependable phase to refresh and assessment finest practices and strategies so our models remain capable, secure, and all set.”

Officers are still investigating the results in of every of the crashes.

“As a outcome of latest crashes involving U.S. Navy and Marine Corps plane, Commander, Naval Air Forces has directed all non-deployed Navy aviation units to conduct a basic safety pause on June 13 in order to assessment threat-administration tactics and conduct teaching on risk and error-management processes,” the commander of Naval Air Forces Community Affairs explained in a assertion on Saturday.

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