US Navy orders plane safety pause after California crashes

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The US Naval Air Forces has ordered a one-day ‘safety break’ for its plane after a series of crashes in California this month resulted in the deaths of a Navy pilot and five Marines .

The pause will take effect Monday and will affect all Navy aviation units that are not deployed, the Naval Air Force said in a press release on Saturday.

“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 on June 13 to review risk management practices and conduct training on threat and error management processes,” he said.

Deployed units will do the same as soon as possible, he added.

“In order to maintain our force’s readiness, we must ensure that the safety of our personnel remains one of our top priorities,” said Cmdr. Zachary Harrell, Naval Air Force Public Affairs Officer, told the Los Angeles Times.

A Navy pilot was killed June 3 when the fighter jet he was flying on a routine training mission crashed in a remote, uninhabited area of ​​the Mojave Desert in the Southern California, the Navy said. The incident had been under investigation since last Sunday, he added.

On Wednesday, an MV-22B Osprey plane performing routine flight training crashed near Glamis, Calif., just north of the Mexican border, killing all five Marines on board, the Marine Corps said. Service members ranged in age from 19 to 33.

Five Marines killed in Osprey crash in California desert

The Marine Corps said in a press release Saturday that it was investigating the fatal accident, which it called an “accident,” defined by the Naval Postgraduate School as “any unforeseen event resulting in bodily injury or property damage”.

And on Thursday, a Navy helicopter – an MH-60S Seahawk – that was carrying four crew members “crashed near El Centro, Calif., while on a routine training flight,” the Naval Air Force said. All on board survived, but one crew member was injured and taken to hospital. The Navy said it was investigating the incident.

The Washington Post has reported that the MV-22B Osprey’s safety record has come under renewed scrutiny after four Marines were killed in March while aboard one that crashed during of a NATO training exercise in Norway. More than 40 people have died flying on Ospreys since 1991, The Post reported.

Four US soldiers killed in Norwegian plane crash during NATO exercise

Andrew Jeong in Seoul and Alex Horton contributed to this report.

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