Three planes crashed in a row, the US Navy suspended flight operations

The U.S. Navy suspended non-essential flight missions to check forces after three plane crashes that killed six service members in a week.

“Recent accidents involving naval and marine aircraft have prompted the commander of the Navy Air Force to order the suspension of all flight operations at all non-deployed units on June 13. help test the hazard assessment process, as well as enhance error management training,” the US Navy said on June 11.

The US Marines MV-22B hybrid helicopter exercises in California in December 2021.  Photo: USMC.

The US Marines MV-22B hybrid helicopter exercises in California in December 2021. Image: USMC.

Units on duty will suspend flight operations and conduct a safety assessment as soon as possible. “We must ensure that the safety of our servicemen is one of our top priorities, in order to maintain full combat readiness,” the statement read.

The decision was made by the US Navy after three accidents in a week.

On June 3, a pilot died in the crash of an F/A-18E Super Hornet multi-role fighter jet in the Mojave Desert in southern California. Five days later, a US Marines MV-22B hybrid helicopter crashed in Glamis, California, killing five service members on board.

On June 9, a US Navy MH-60S helicopter crashed near El Centro base. All four crew members survived, one of whom was injured but not life-threatening.

Vu Anh (Theo RT)

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