Friday, December 4, 2015

Army helicopters at 11 U.S. Installations Grounded

Forces Command general orders Army helicopters at 11 U.S. installations grounded until Monday
By Drew Brooks Military editor
December 4, 2015

Army helicopters across 11 installations in the continental United States will be grounded until Monday under an order by Gen. Robert B. "Abe" Abrams on Thursday.

Abrams, the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, directed a five-day "aviation safety stand down" in a letter to commanders, a FORSCOM spokesman said.

The stand down, which requires units to stop flying while safety procedures are reviewed, will end Monday evening.

FORSCOM leaders said the stand down is in response to two recent fatal accidents involving soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Four soldiers were killed in the Fort Hood crash of a UH-60 Black Hawk, which occurred on Nov. 23.

On Wednesday, two more soldiers were killed near Fort Campbell after an AH-64D Apache crashed during a routine training mission.
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