The head of the US army has ordered to stand down all army aviators amid increasing incidents of helicopter crashes. The chief of staff of the US army James McConville said that the safety of US army personnel is the topmost priority as helicopter crashes took lives of 12 in the recent past.
US Army To Focus On Safety
As per McConville’s order, the Army aviators will prioritize safety and training procedures to guarantee that the pilots and crews possess the necessary knowledge and training in order to accomplish their missions. The aviators will be grounded “until they complete the required training,” the statement said.
Recent Helicopter Crashes
The order of the Army Chief came two days after three US soldiers were killed when two AH-64 Apache helicopters collided with each other in Alaska. Less than a month ago, on 1st of April, two Blackhawk helicopters crashed, killing nine soldiers in Kentucky.