Army Concerned: Fourth Incident in 2 Months

( – In a concerning and alarming devеlopment during a routine training sеssion at Fort Carson, Colorado, two soldiers were injured after an AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed.

This event is the latest in a sеries of incidents that involve this aircraft type, totaling four within the span of two months.

Following this misfortune, Fort Carson officials announced an indefinite halt on all aviation operations to allow the Army Combat Readiness Center from Fort Novosel, Alabama, to conduct a thorough investigation. The injured pilots received medical attention for minor injuries and were discharged from a local hospital the same night.

Officials detailed the occurrence, stating, “At approximately 6:30 p.m., a single AH-64 Apache helicopter from the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4thInfantry Division, crashed while conducting routine training on Fort Carson in a southern training area.”

In addition, they expressed relief that the soldiers were safe and emphasized the support being provided to the crew, their families, and friends during this period.

Another incident earlier this wееk at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington involved an Apache helicopter, which resulted in non-fatal injuries to two soldiers, who were reported to be in stable condition.

The Army National Guard experienced two additional Apache accidents in February, one on the 12th and another on the 23rd, the latter killing two pilots.

In response to these events, the National Guard’s leading official mandated an indefinite pause on all helicopter operations across its 54 states and territories to reassess safety policies and procedures.

Mississippi Army National Guard Pilots Chief Warrant Officer 4 Bryan Zemek and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Derek Abbott died when their Apache crashed during a routine training mission in mid-February.

Earlier in the same month, a Utah Army National Guard Apache crash-landed on its side during an exercise injuring both crew members.

The Army Combat Readiness Center is investigating these accidents, and Military Times noted the involvement of the Army and Army National Guard’s global Apache operations.

Additionally, a separate tragedy occurred early this month near Rio Grande City, Texas, where two National Guard soldiers, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Casey Frankoski and Chief Warrant Officer 2 John Grassia died in a UH-72 Lakota helicopter crash while on a mission along the Southwest border.

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