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Aviation accident reports

USMC AH-1Z damaged after mishap in New Jersey

A USMC-operated Bell AH-1Z Viper has sustained substantial damage after it crashed in a field following a mishap near Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Wrightstown, New Jersey, on January 6

Lebanese MD530F+ written off after crash landing

An MD Helicopters MD530F+ Cayuse Warrior belonging to the Lebanese Air Force has been written off after it crash landed into some trees on January 5

South Korea grounds F-35A fleet following belly landing

The Republic of Korea Air Force has grounded its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fleet after one example was forced to perform an emergency belly landing following an avionic system issue on January 4

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Report cites pilot error as cause of fatal USAF T-38C crash

A US Air Force Air Education and Training Command Accident Investigation Board Report has found that pilot error was to blame for a fatal crash involving a T-38C Talon near Dannelly Field in Montgomery, Alabama, on February 19, 2021

Australian MH-60R crash leads to fleet-wide grounding

An MH-60R Seahawk multi-mission maritime helicopter belonging to the Royal Australian Navy crashed into the Philippine Sea during routine night flying operations on October 14, leading to a fleet-wide grounding of the remaining examples in Australian service

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Overheating APU caused nearly US$3m of damage to USAF F-22

A new US Air Force Aircraft Accident Investigation Board Report has revealed that an overheating auxiliary power unit (APU) caused nearly US$3m of damage to an F-22A Raptor in a previously unreported incident at Nellis AFB, Nevada, on October 30, 2020

USAF B-2A Spirit damaged in emergency landing

A USAF Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit stealth bomber assigned to the 509th BW experienced an in-flight malfunction during a routine training mission on September 14 and made an emergency landing at Whiteman AFB

US Navy MH-60S crashes off the coast of San Diego

Search and rescue efforts for five missing crew members continue off the coast of San Diego, California, after a US Navy-operated Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk crashed into the Pacific Ocean on August 31

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USAF releases report into MQ-9A crash in Africa

A newly released USAF Abbreviated Aircraft Accident Investigation Board report has revealed the previously unreported loss of an MQ-9A Reaper RPAS in an unspecified location in the US Africa Command Area of Responsibility on June 24, 2020

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USAF releases accident report into T-38A mishap in Sacramento

The USAF has released an Aircraft Accident Investigation Board report into the mishap at Sacramento Mather Airport, California, on February 18, 2021, which involved a T-38A Talon from the 9th Reconnaissance Wing’s 1st Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale AFB, California