Ma­rine Corps or­ders air­craft ground­ings

Austin American-Statesman - - VIEWPOINTS -

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.

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