US military suffers third aviation-related incident since Monday
This has been a tough week for US military aviation. There have been three separate incidents in locations across the globe this week, injuring multiple servicemen. Thankfully, none of the incidents have been fatal.
On Monday, Foxtrot Alpha reported that a US Air Force F-16 Falcon out of Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany crashed in the woods of Bavaria. It's unclear what caused the jet, from the 480th Fighter Squadron, to crash, although it's been widely reported that the unnamed pilot suffered only minor injuries thanks to the ejection process.
There were two separate incidents yesterday, starting with a helicopter crash near Okinawa, Japan. An Army UH-60 Blackhawk was attempting to land aboard the USNS Red Cloud, a Military Sealift Command Watson-class cargo ship, during what's been described as a training exercise. The chopper was forced to make a "hard-deck landing," with photos of the Red Cloud's deck showing that the chopper's tail separated from the main body in the incident. According to NBC News, 17 people were aboard the Blackhawk, although only seven were injured.
Perhaps not wanting to be left out, the US Navy joined the Army and Air Force with its own incident off the coast of Virginia late yesterday. An F/A-18 Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman caught fire while refueling on deck. The naval aviator managed to eject from his burning fighter and landed back on the carrier. Both the pilot and a crewman were sent to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in North Carolina to treat what was described as non-life-threatening injuries. The Truman was conducting night training operations at the time of the fire, Military.com reports.
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