Six soldiers die in two helicopter crashes

Posted on: November 25th, 2015 by Will Rodriguez 1 Comment

Soldiers being killed in helicopter crashes don’t seem to be big news.  Current events in the world have something to do with it but generally Army aviation crashes seem to get less attention than other tragedies.  Six soldiers have died in the last week in two separate helicopter crashes on different continents.

Two soldiers flying an Apache gunship in Korea were killed when their helicopter struck either power lines or a power line tower.  At Ft. Hood, a Blackhawk helicopter went down and killed all four crewmembers.  The cause remains under investigation.

Names have not been released pending notification of the families.  Our condolences are extended to the families and friends of the fallen.

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  • YankeePapa

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    …Tragic… but to some extent unavoidable.  How many chopper flights a year do the various services run?  *Very* large number.  The casualty ratio looks good on paper… but of course those who perish are more than statistics.  
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    …Choppers require far more hours of maintenance than flying time.  Training… especially for combat support flights… troop assault flights… and rescue flights… have far more risks than a passenger chopper from a rooftop to an airport.  Actual combat or rescue missions of course push the envelope.
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    …During the Vietnam war the Vietnamese too often reversed the maintenance to flight time… with predictable results.  But some of their mechanics did great work… on their motorbikes and motorcycles…
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    …One ARVN chopper over Cambodia crashed because of sloppy maintenance.  On board, one of a very few decent South Vietnamese generals… and some American journalists.
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    …The media got hold of the fact that South Vietnamese President Thieu was flown around in an American helicopter, maintained by Americans.  The reporters asked him on camera if it would be better for the image of his forces if he flew around in South Vietnamese helicopters maintained by South Vietnamese mechanics.
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    …His answer was blunt and to the point… and probably the most honest response that he ever gave them to a question.  Of course within hours his “spin doctors” trying to claim that he didn’t understand the question.  His reply was, “Do I look crazy…?”
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    …Some other countries not so good with their chopper safety.  Corruption, or lack of funds… or bad maintenance just the normal.  The Russians just lost a chopper with about 15 men on board. in Siberia.  According to first reports… soldiers and civilian specialist…
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikwZjwLH-no

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    …On a more pleasant note:  For the next 90 minutes it is still Thanksgiving.  Hope that all out there (and their families) had a good one.
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    -Yankee Papa-