Marine Corps orders aircraft groundings
After two deadly air accidents in recent weeks, the Marine Corps on Friday ordered its aviation units to briefly ground their aircraft, review the safety of their operations, and study past failures to glean lessons from them.
Gen. Robert B. Neller, commandant of the Marine Corps, directed the units to conduct an “operational reset,” a 24-hour period without flights, at some time within the next two weeks.
Spreading the pauses over two weeks will limit the number of aircraft that will be grounded at any one time during a time of great tension in several parts of the world, notably the Korean Peninsula.
The order followed the crash of a Marine MV-22 Osprey on Aug. 5 in the Pacific Ocean off Australia that left three Marines missing and presumed dead; and the crash of a Marine KC-130T transport plane July 10 in Mississippi, which killed 16 service members.