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The US Army has grounded about 1,100 helicopters for five days to refocus on safety procedures following a rash of fatal accidents in November.
The “safety stand-down” from 3-7 December grounded aviation units at 11 bases in the continental USA operating a mix of Boeing AH-64 Apaches and CH-47 Chinooks, and Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks.
“I have a duty to ensure that we are doing all that we can to prevent loss of life and aviation accidents, and that is why we’re standing down to review our procedures and reaffirm our commitment to operating our aircraft safely and effectively,” says Gen Robert Abrams, commander of US Army Forces Command.