The crash occurred on Jan. 27, 2020, in Afghanistan's Ghazni Province.
"The loss of one of our own brings immeasurable sadness"
“The aircrew did not survive the crash,” wrote U.S. Naval Air Forces. “We are not aware of any civilian casualties."
"The impact of this epidemic on flying operations, while impossible to quantify, cannot be overstated."
Marine Corps Air Station New River confirmed that a CH-53E helicopter was forced to make a precautionary emergency landing.
"[The investigating officer] chose to place his personal aspirations over his professional duties," the board wrote.
"This pause allows us to focus on what's needed to safely resume flying training," wrote the Eglin-based 33rd Fighter Wing.
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