The Army National Guard has grounded all helicopter units following a fatal crash that left two Guardsmen dead.

Spokespeople for the Army National Guard said the units will be grounded until all units review the safety procedures and protocols surrounding helicopter flight.

WLTR recently reported on the fatal crash of an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter that crashed near Booneville, Mississippi.

The helicopter went down at approximately 2 PM during what was supposed to be a routine training mission.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the Guardsmen. Stars and Stripes confirmed: “All Army National Guard helicopters have been grounded as units review safety policies and procedures following two crashes.”

The Epoch Times featured this statement from General Ryder:

“The separate crashes of AH-64D Apache helicopters in Utah on February 12 and Mississippi on February 23, respectively, drove the decision to ground all helicopters for safety reasons.

My understanding is that when units have completed their safety stand-down, they’ll be permitted to fly again.”

Army National Guard Director Lt. General Jon Jensen paid homage to the fallen soldiers: “The entire Army Guard team mourns the tragic loss of the two National Guard Soldiers who died in a helicopter crash Friday.

Our condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of CW4 Bryan Zemek and CW4 Derek Abbott. We will forever be grateful for their service.”

According to The Hill:

The stand-down, which went into effect Monday and was announced Tuesday, is expected to lift after all units finish their review, though the release did not specify how long that may take.

The causes of both recent crashes have not been publicly released, but the incidents are being investigated by the Army’s Combat Readiness Center.


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