US Navy declares ‘safety pause’ after 3 aircraft crashes in one week — Analysis

All non-deployed units were ordered to immediately review their ‘risk-management practices’

After a series of crashes in Southern California, the US military ordered a temporary halt to some critical missions. The incidents included a Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey fighter, Navy MH-60S Seahawk, and F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter plane.

“As a result of recent crashes involving US Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, Commander, Naval Air Forces has directed all non-deployed Navy aviation units to conduct a safety pause on June 13 in order to review risk-management practices and conduct training on threat and error-management processes,”Public Affairs for the Naval Air Forces was announced on Saturday.

All units currently in use were required to observe a similar safety pause “at the earliest possible opportunity,”The military stressed that the army was responsible for ensuring “safety of our people remains one of our top priorities.”

Second US military aircraft crash hits same area in two days

A US Navy Sikorsky Sikorsky 60S Seahawk helicopter collided with a Naval Air Field El Centro on June 9. The crash killed all four of the crew members, with only one being seriously injured. “non-life-threatening injuries.”

A US Marine MV-22B Osprey from the Marine Corps crashed in California on June 8. All five Marines aboard were killed. It has a questionable safety history. Four Marines died in the crash of their tilt-rotor Osprey in north Norway in March during NATO drills. The Osprey has been involved in other crashes that have resulted either in injury or death, including in Australia in 2017, Syria in 2017, Japan 2016 and Hawaii 2015.

Pilot killed as US fighter jet crashes

A US Navy pilot killed in a Super Hornet crash on June 3rd, when the F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed into the Mojave desert of Southern California. The Super Hornet, built by Boeing, is known as the Navy’s premier strike fighter and has a top speed of nearly 1,200 miles per hour. The $70 million jet is featured in the new ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ movie starring Tom Cruise.

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