US Army brass has issued a four-day moratorium on domestic operations of the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter (shown above) and the UH-60 Black Hawk transport chopper after a series of fatal crashes.
The grounding affects 11 bases across the country, and comes after a December 2 crash of an Apache out of Fort Hood, TX, IHS Jane's reports. This is the second Apache the Army has lost in barely two weeks after an AH-64 went down in South Korea. Fort Hood, meanwhile, was recovering from the late November loss of a Black Hawk when this latest incident took place. Each aircraft crashed as part of a training mission.
"The decision to ground our aircraft today is taken with the utmost seriousness and my responsibility as the commander of US Army Forces Command," General Robert B Abrams said in a statement obtained by Jane's.
During the grounding, the Army will take a closer look at its training, safety, and maintenance protocols "to avoid accidental loss of aviation personnel and equipment."