U.S. Army Chinooks Cleared to Fly

The entire fleet was grounded in August due to engine fires.

The U.S. Army recently announced that the majority of its Chinook helicopter fleet has been cleared for mission and training operations. The entire fleet had been grounded last month “out of an abundance of caution” after an undisclosed number of engine fires had occurred.

“Though the number could fluctuate day to day, this number continues to increase daily with ongoing logbook records review and a standard leak-check maintenance procedure outlined in an Aviation Safety Action Message published on 2 September,” Army spokesperson Jason Waggoner stated.

Honeywell International assisted the Army in discovering that faulty O-rings – not produced by Honeywell – caused fuel leaks that resulted in the engine fires. At least 70 of these O-rings were found in the Army’s fleet of 400 Chinooks.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Wormuth to be led by God as she heads the U.S. Army.
  • For wisdom for Secretary Austin as he oversees the Department of Defense.
  • For members of the U.S. Army maintenance crews as they seek to keep equipment and machinery in peak operating condition.

Sources: Army Times, Wall Street Journal


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