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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message  By yingyangdingdong on Wednesday, September 6, 2000 - 08:33 pm:

Military woes: Probe finds aviators 'worked to death'

The Air Force overworking and undertraining its crew members may have led to a fatal collision involving helicopters like this one

September 6, 2000
Web posted at: 2:23 p.m. EDT (1823 GMT)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada (CNN) -- The presidential candidates have been trading conflicting claims lately about the healthiness of the U.S. military.

Vice President Al Gore maintains the United States has the best-trained and the best-equipped military in the world and its morale remains high. Gov. George W. Bush says the U.S. military is in decline; sagging under the weight of constant deployments with its members suffering from low pay and morale.

CNN Military Affairs Correspondent Jamie McIntyre describes how a tragedy two years ago was an urgent wakeup call and impetus for change when he visited Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Military investigators concluded that some aviators in a helicopter rescue squadron had been essentially "worked to death."

Watch McIntyre's full report on CNN, tonight at 8 p.m. EDT, on "The World Today." Then read the full story here on
U.S. Air Force plane crashes near Vance Air Force Base, one killed - The crash happened Wednesday about 8:20 a.m. one mile north of the airfield at Vance Air Force Base September 6, 2000

ENID, Oklahoma (AP) -- An Air Force training plane crashed Wednesday during a student training flight, killing the pilot, officials said.

The T-37 aircraft went down in clear weather near Vance Air Force Base.
Military jet crashes in San Antonio area
September 1, 2000
Military planes crash in New Jersey, Texas; none injured
August 31, 2000
Another article by Washington Post:

Failing Our Protectors
By Christopher Bond
Wednesday, September 6, 2000; Page A19
My condolences to the families..

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message  By yingyangdingdong on Wednesday, September 6, 2000 - 08:40 pm:

Burnout led to deadly Air Force helicopter accident

September 6, 2000
Web posted at: 8:25 p.m. EDT (0025 GMT)

Dreifus was among the military investigators who put together the Air Force report that detailed alarming deficiencies in the 66th Rescue Squadron. Now retired, she is a Clark County public defender in Las Vegas.

"We found that this unit was very stressed-out. We found that this unit was deploying all the time. We found that this unit did not have adequate time to do proper training. We found that people were just generally stressed-out just trying to get the job done," said Dreifus.

There was no rest for the weary. Instead of training, the rescue crews spent much of 1998 on high alert in Kuwait and Turkey in case any U.S. pilots went down while patrolling the no-fly zones over Iraq.

Better, but not fixed
By the time of the accident, the once-proud squadron's safety and operational procedures had broken down, according to investigators. The accident report called it "serious burnout followed by complete resignation."

On the night of the accident, according to the investigation, one helicopter crew included "a new instructor pilot, a weak co-pilot and an unqualified gunner." As near as can be determined, that crew's helicopter struck the other from below during demanding evasive maneuvers.

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