Report: Pilots in Deadly Black Hawk Crash Disobeyed Orders

24 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Crew of downed Blackhawk disobeyed orders.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The pilots of a Black Hawk military helicopter that crashed last March, killing all 11 service members aboard, had disobeyed direct orders by flying into worsening weather, according to an investigation report. An investigation board determined that the 11 military personnel killed in a March helicopter crash on Santa Rosa Sound disobeyed orders by taking off in extremely foggy conditions. The helicopter’s two pilots lost track of where they where in space amid heavy fog, and the resulting crash claimed the lives of the aircraft’s four-man National Guard air crew and seven Marines.

The full report, obtained by The Associated Press late Thursday through a public records request, said the pilots were not authorized to fly in such bad weather and others failed to challenge the overconfidence of the lead pilot. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.unit based in North Carolina and were in the area practicing joint amphibious boating training and airborne insertion and extraction methods.

The training involved two Black Hawk helicopters from the Louisiana National Guard taking teams of Marine special operations servicemen over water so they could rappel into the sea. According to the report, Chief Warrant Officer George Griffin Jr., gave the go ahead to conduct the mission when weather conditions were at lower ceilings – or cloud height – and less visibility than authorized.

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