U.S. Army investigating helicopter crash at Jack Brooks Regional Airport
The U.S. Army released the following statement to KFDM/Fox 4 regarding a helicopter crash at Jack Brooks Regional Airport on Dec. 7:
A Centralized Accident Investigation team from the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, headquartered at Fort Rucker, Ala., deployed to Beaumont, Texas, to lead the investigation of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter mishap that occurred Dec. 7, which resulted in damage to the aircraft and property on the Jack Brooks Regional Airport.
Regulations require all Army accidents be investigated and reported. The USACRC normally assumes the responsibility of lead investigating agency when accident findings may have an Army-wide impact. However, the unit or organization experiencing the accident may conduct the investigation if it possesses adequate internal resources. Most accident investigations are conducted by the unit, but regardless of scope and impact, the USACRC ultimately holds authority to investigate any Army accident.
The USACRC makes every attempt to investigate Class A Army accidents if teams and resources are available. Class A accident criteria include total property damage of $2 million or more; a destroyed, missing or abandoned Army aircraft or missile; or injury and/or occupational illness resulting in a fatality or permanent total disability.
The USACRC does not release any information concerning accident causes, analysis or internal recommendations due to limitations set forth by Department of Defense instructions and Army regulations.