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Army Grounds All Aircraft After Recent Crashes

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Posted at 6:55 PM, Dec 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-03 19:55:57-05

The Army is grounding all aircraft in active-duty units across the country for the next five days in order to review safety and training procedures in the wake of two deadly helicopter crashes over the past two weeks.

Gen. Robert Abrams, head of U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., ordered the safety stand-down Thursday. He said soldiers will review flight planning, operations standards, aircraft maintenance training and supervisory responsibilities in order to avoid any future accidents.

Two Army pilots were killed when their helicopter crashed near Fort Campbell in rural Tennessee Wednesday evening.

And four soldiers were killed early last week when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a routine training exercise at Fort Hood in Texas.

The cause has not been determined in either crash.