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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.
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Exclusive: Video shows Navy SEAL flying drone over body of ISIS fighter shortly after Eddie Gallagher allegedly stabbed him
Shortly after Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher allegedly murdered a wounded ISIS prisoner, about half a dozen of his SEAL teammates watched as one SEAL flew a drone around their compound and hovered it just inches over the dead man's body.
It was yet another ethical lapse for the men of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon, many of whom had just taken a group photograph with the deceased victim after their commander had held an impromptu reenlistment ceremony for Gallagher near the body. Although some expressed remorse in courtroom testimony over their participation in the photo, video footage from later that morning showed a number of SEALs acted with little regard for the remains of Gallagher's alleged victim.
The video — which was shown to the jury and courtroom spectators last week in the trial of Gallagher — was recently obtained by Task & Purpose.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico has deployed almost 15,000 soldiers and National Guard in the north of the country to stem the flow of illegal immigration across the border into the United States, the head of the Mexican Army said on Monday.
Mexico has not traditionally used security forces to stop undocumented foreign citizens leaving the country for the United States, and photographs of militarized police catching Central American and Cuban women at the border in recent days have met with criticism.
Mexico is trying to curb a surge of migrants from third countries crossing its territory in order to reach the United States, under the threat of tariffs on its exports by U.S. President Donald Trump, who has made tightening border security a priority.
Packages containing suspected heroin were found in the home of the driver charged with killing seven motorcyclists Friday in the North Country, authorities said Monday.
Massachusetts State Police said the packages were discovered when its Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and New Hampshire State police arrested Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, at his West Springfield home. The packages will be tested for heroin, they said.
Zhukovskyy faces seven counts of negligent homicide in connection with the North Country crash on Friday evening that killed seven riders associated with Jarhead Motorcycle Club, a club for Marines and select Navy corpsmen.
'It just happened' — the Iraq War’s first living Medal of Honor recipient recalls his harrowing fight against 5 insurgents
On Nov, 10, 2004, Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia knew that he stood a good chance of dying as he tried to save his squad.
Bellavia survived the intense enemy fire and went on to single-handedly kill five insurgents as he cleared a three-story house in Fallujah during the iconic battle for the city. For his bravery that day, President Trump will present Bellavia with the Medal of Honor on Tuesday, making him the first living Iraq war veteran to receive the award.
In an interview with Task & Purpose, Bellavia recalled that the house where he fought insurgents was dark and filled with putrid water that flowed from broken pipes. The battle itself was an assault on his senses: The stench from the water, the darkness inside the home, and the sounds of footsteps that seemed to envelope him.