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US Navy declares ‘safety pause’ after 3 plane crashes in a week – Reuters

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

The U.S. military has ordered a temporary halt to some non-critical missions to conduct a risk-and-error review, after a Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey, along with Navy MH-60S Seahawks and F/A-18Es Great Hornets. all planes crashed in a single week in Southern California.

“Following recent accidents involving U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, the Commander Naval Air Force has ordered all undeployed Navy aviation units to proceed to a safety break June 13 to review risk management practices and conduct training on threat and error management processes,” Naval Air Force Public Affairs announced this Saturday in a statement.

Units currently deployed have been ordered to perform a similar security pause “at the first possible opportunity”, added the military, emphasizing that ensuring the “The safety of our employees remains one of our top priorities.”

The mandatory 24-hour operational pause comes following a series of deadly incidents and accidents as the US Navy and Marines conducted exercises at the Imperial County Gun Range in the desert at the border between California and Arizona, for the past. Several weeks.

On June 9, a US Navy Sikorsky MH-60S Seahawk helicopter crashed near Naval Air Field El Centro, California. All four crew members on board survived the accident, and only one suffered “non-life threatening injuries”.

On June 8, a US Marine MV-22B Osprey crashed near Glamis, California, killing all five Marines on board. The tilt-rotor aircraft has a controversial safety history, with four other Marines killed in March when their Osprey crashed in northern Norway during NATO exercises. Previous Osprey accidents with fatalities or injuries included incidents in Australia and Syria in 2017, Japan in 2016 and Hawaii in 2015.

Pilot killed in US fighter jet crash

On June 3, a US Navy fighter pilot was killed when his F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed in the Mojave Desert in Southern California. The Boeing-built Super Hornet is known as the Navy’s first 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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