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Naval Air Forces to hold ‘safety pause’ after string of crashes
By Geoff Ziezulewicz

The Navy’s aviation community will undergo a “safety pause” Monday in the wake of multiple fatal flight mishaps in less than two weeks.

During the pause, units will review risk-management practices and train “on threat and error-management processes,” according to a Naval Air Forces statement.

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Most recently, a Navy MH-60S Seahawk assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 crashed near El Centro, California, Thursday night, injuring one of four crew members who were conducting a routine training flight at the time.

On Wednesday, five Marines were killed when their MV-22B Osprey crashed in a remote training area near Glamis, California, roughly 115 miles east of San Diego.

The service has identified the Marines who died as Lance Cpl. Evan A. Strickland, Cpl. Nathan E. Carlson, Cpl. Seth D. Rasmuson, Capt. John J. Sax and Capt. Nicholas P. Losapio.

A few days before that loss, on June 3, a F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed during training in California, killing the pilot, Lt. Richard Bullock, of Strike Fighter Squadron 113.

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