Thu, Apr 01, 2004
Recent photos leaked to the media have forced military officials
to deal with an alarming epidemic of cracks revealed by helicopter
maintenance crews, when inspecting their aircraft (ANN Note: See
photo, below, but be sure to check the enlarged version to 'assess'
the true impact of the problem).
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld responded forcefully to
repeated questions about military air safety and decorum, "We do
our best to make sure that the American aviator has the best
possible safety and coverage available to them. The kind of
carelessness suggested by media reports is an overblown attempt to
distract his country from your war on terror and paint our military
maintenance crews as unequipped to cover their assets in regards to
aviation safety. We'll do whatever we have to do to show our
American Servicemen and women that we're behind them all the
Media reports have been pretty negative after photographic
evidence showed up in numerous print, television and online
publications. The attached image clearly shows cracks found during
routine inspections of a Kaman Aerospace SH-2 Seasprite helicopter.
Pilots and crew of these helicopters were seriously alarmed when
this information was released, publicly. Numerous military experts
expressed particular concern because the cracks weren't found in
just one location - they were all over the aircraft. "I'm a
little freaked," claimed one military official, "there's just no
uniformity to it."
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