3 Fighter Jet Crash In a Week, US Navy Announces 'Safety Pause'

3 Fighter Jet Crash In a Week, US Navy Announces 'Safety Pause'
3 Fighter Jet Crash In a Week, US Navy Announces 'Safety Pause'

International Military - The United States military ordered the temporary halt of several non-critical missions to conduct a risk and error review. The move comes after the Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey, as well as the Navy's MH-60S Seahawk and F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jets went down within a week's time in southern California.

“As a result of recent accidents involving US Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, Commander, Naval Air Corps has directed all non-deployed Navy aviation units to conduct a safety pause on June 13 to review risk management practices and conduct training. about the threat and error management process.”

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The US Navy air corps announced in a statement on Saturday local time. "Units currently deployed are ordered to carry out a similar security pause at the earliest possible opportunity," the US military added, as reported by Russia Today, Sunday (12/6/2022).

The order stressed that ensuring the safety of US citizens remains one of the top priorities. The mandatory 24-hour operational pause comes after a series of deadly incidents and accidents as the US Navy and Marines have been conducting exercises in the Imperial County area, in the desert on the border between California and Arizona, over the past few weeks.

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On June 9, a US Navy Sikorsky MH-60S Seahawk helicopter crashed near Naval Air Field El Centro, California. All four crew members survived the crash, 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 a NATO exercise.

Previously, there were also frequent Osprey plane crashes with fatalities or injuries, including incidents in Australia and Syria in 2017, in Japan in 2016 and in Hawaii in 2015.

On June 3, a US Navy fighter jet pilot was killed when his F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed in Southern California's Mojave Desert. The Super Hornet fighter jet, built by Boeing, is known as the US Navy's premier fighter aircraft and has a top speed of nearly 1,200 miles per hour.

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The fighter jet worth USD70 million or around Rp1 trillion was featured in the recently released film 'Top Gun: Maverick' starring Tom Cruise.

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