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Navy announces ‘Aviation Safety’ pause

Randy Mancini 2 Jun 13
Members of the U.S. Navy Honor Guard guard remove the casket of Navy Corpsman Maxton Soviak at Morman-Hinman-Tanner Funeral Home, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, in Berlin Heights, Ohio. Soviak was one of 13 U.S. troops killed in a horrific suicide bombing at Afghanistan’s Kabul airport on Aug. 26. (AP Photo/David Dermer).

Members of the U.S. Navy Honor Guard pushes the casket of Navy Corpsman Maxton Soviak into Morman-Hinman-Tanner Funeral Home, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, in Berlin Heights, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Dermer).

The navy announced an “Aviation Safety Pause” following a string of deadly crashes. Aviation units that have not been deployed will remain grounded, as a result of the multiple crashes in the last two weeks. The Naval Air Forces said units will review risk management practices and conduct training on threat and error management processes.

“As a result of recent crashes involving U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, Naval Air Forces Commander has directed all non-deployed Navy aviation units to conduct a safety pause on June 13,” the Naval Air Forces said in a statement. “In order to review risk-management practices and conduct training on threat and error-management processes.”

As a result of recent crashes involving U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, Commander, Naval Air Forces has directed all non-deployed @USNavy aircraft to conduct a safety pause on June 13 to review practices and conduct training on threat and error-management processes.

— Malik Earnest (@MalikEarnest) June 12, 2022

A statement added, deployed units will do the same at the earliest possible opportunity.

“In order to maintain the readiness of our force, we must ensure the safety of our people remains one of our top priorities,” the statement said.

This comes after five Marines were killed in a Osprey crash last week. The Marines were based at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California at the time of the incident.

According to the Washington Post, more than 40 people have died flying on Osprey’s since 1991.

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