Nine Serious Accidents Since October
Stand down. That's the
order from the Navy to all non-deployed aircraft, in the wake of a
series of aircraft and helicopter accidents over the past five
months. It's the first operational stand-down for the Navy in nine
years... this one sparked by a series of aircraft and helicopter
accidents over the past few months.
Commander, Naval Air Forces Vice Adm. Jim Zortman, directed a
Navywide aviation safety stand down March 3, to be conducted by all
non-deployed squadrons no later than the end of this week.
The safety stand down includes, but is not limited to, a
thorough review of our operating environment, operational tempo,
standard operating procedures, maintenance material condition, as
well as focusing on personnel issues.
"I’m directing this stand down in the wake of a series of
aviation mishaps that have occurred over the past two months," said
Admiral Zortman. "While no single factor can be attributed to these
incidents, it’s important that we stop our daily training and
thoroughly review our procedures and the risks of the environment
in which we operate."
Deployed squadrons will conduct the stand down as operations
Since October, there have been nine Navy crashes that ended in a
loss of life or loss of the aircraft -- or both. Perhaps the straw
that broke the camel's back was the crash of a Navy E6-AB Prowler
in Oregon on Friday. As Aero-News reported, all
four onboard that aircraft ejected and were rescued after a brief
"While we’re almost exactly where we were at this time
last year, it is important that we halt this trend of the past two
months, and that’s why I’ve directed this stand down.
Accomplishing the mission and returning home safely, remain our
priorities. We continue to be the best-trained, most qualified
war-fighting aviators in the world. I want to ensure we’re
focusing on the fundamentals, which are key to achieving success,"