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Investigation Excoriates Air Force, Navy For 2017 Marine Corps KC-130 Crash That Killed 16
Last year’s deadly crash of a Marine Corps KC-130T that killed 16 service members – including seven members of the Marine 2nd Raider Battalion – was the result of a series of oversights and other failures dating back to 2011, when one of the aircraft’s propellers was not fixed for corrosion, Military Times has reported.
- Fifteen Marines and one sailor were killed on July 10, 2017, when that propeller came loose and struck the aircraft, leading to a series of mid-air catastrophes that caused the KC-130T to disintegrate over Mississippi, according to Military Times, which obtained a copy of the 2,000-page crash investigation and supplementary records.
- “Neither the aircrew nor anybody aboard the KC-130T could have prevented or altered the ultimate outcome after such a failure,” according to a redacted copy of the investigation, which was released on Thursday.
- It was the deadliest Marine Corps crash since 2005, when a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed in Iraq, killing 30 Marines and one sailor
- The investigation found plenty of blame to go around for the July 2017 crash, starting with the civilian artisans at Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex in Georgia, who failed to do the proper maintenance on the aircraft in 2011; the Navy, which did not properly make sure the work was done properly, Military Times reported; and Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452 for not properly checking the KC-103T’s propellers for cracks, Military Times reported.
- The Air Force suspended blade maintenance operations at the Warner Robbins depot on Sept. 2, 2017, in response to the investigation, which found propellers for other Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force C-130 variants had also not been fixed.
- “Twelve of sixteen blades on the MAC [mishap aircraft] were determined to have corrosion that existed at the time of their last overhaul at WR-ALC [Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex], proving that over the course of the number of years referred to above, that WR-ALC failed to detect, remove and repair corrosion infected blades they purported to have overhauled,” the investigation found.
- The Navy should have detected these problems because it was supposed to do quality checks at the depot per an agreement with the Air Force, but the investigation found no evidence that the Navy ever performed any of its required audits of the depot’s work, according to Military Times. Both services are working to fix the problems at Warner Robins that the investigation cited, but the Navy has not yet established a process to make sure that propellers are fixed properly.
- “Had the QA [quality assurance] provisions of the DMISA [Depot Maintenance Inter-service Support Agreement] been properly managed and implemented by the Navy via conducting systematic and routine quality audits, numerous deficiencies within the blade overhaul process should have been identified which could have prevented the accident,” the investigation says.
- The 4th Marine Aircraft Wing is addressing the deficiencies found by investigations and it expects to stop flying KC-130Ts within the next two years, wing commander Marine Brig. Gen. Bradley James told Military Times.
Nearly a decade after he allegedly murdered an unarmed Afghan civilian during a 2010 deployment, the case of Army Maj. Matthew Golsteyn is finally going to trial.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Taliban have sent a delegation to Russia to discuss prospects for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan following the collapse of talks with the United States this month, officials from the insurgent group said.
The move, days after President Donald Trump canceled a planned meeting with Taliban leaders at his Camp David retreat, came as the movement looks to bolster regional support, with visits also planned for China, Iran and Central Asian states.
We salute the foul-mouthed Navy vet remembered as 'the most inappropriate guy with the biggest heart'
Per his final demands, Joe Heller was laid in his casket Thursday in a T-shirt featuring the Disney dwarf Grumpy and the middle finger of his right hand extended. He also told his daughters to make sure and place a remote control fart machine in the coffin with him.
"My father always wanted the last laugh," daughter Monique Heller said.
The Essex volunteer firefighter and self-described local "dawg kecher" died on Sept. 8 at age 82, and the off-color obituary written by his youngest daughter has become a nationwide sensation — a lead item on cable news sites, a top story on The Courant's website and a post shared far and wide on social media.
Laced with bawdy humor, the irreverent but loving obit captured Heller's highly inappropriate nature and his golden heart, friends who filled the fire station for a celebration of his life on Thursday evening said.
A 19-year-old man who planned a July mass shooting at a West Lubbock hotel that was thwarted by his grandmother was upset that he was considered "defective" by the military when he was discharged for his mental illness, according to court records.
William Patrick Williams faces federal charges for reportedly lying on an application to buy the semiautomatic rifle he planned to use in a shooting, according to a federal indictment filed Aug. 14.
He is charged with a federal felony count of making a false material statement during the purchase of a firearm on July 11, a day before he planned to lure people out of a hotel and shoot them. The charge carries a punishment of up to five years in prison.
Reuters) - Hamza bin Laden, a son of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and himself a notable figure in the militant group, was killed in a U.S. counter-terrorism operation, the White House said on Saturday.