Dec 8, 2015

Army Lifts US Helicopter Fleet Grounding Triggered by Fatal Crashes

The U.S. Army on Monday night ended a weeklong grounding of its stateside rotary fleet of more than 1,100 aircraft after a five-day shutdown to review safety procedures, the service said.
The grounding came after three helicopters in as many locations crashed within 10 days, killing a total of eight soldiers.
The training accidents brought the total of Class A mishaps -- accidents in which there is a fatality or more than $2 million damage -- to four in fiscal 2016, which began on Oct. 1, according to the Army’s Combat Readiness Center.
By comparison, a total of 13 such accidents occurred in all of fiscal 2015, resulting in 15 fatalities, according to the center.

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