Wednesday, April 6, 2022

US Army Medevac Pilot. Capt. James Bellew, 26, Intentionally Crashed HH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter Into Another Black Hawk Killing Self

US Army investigates death of medevac pilot who crashed Black Hawk helicopter into another chopper at Georgia base while crewmembers slept 

The United States Army is investigating whether a crash involving two Black Hawk helicopters at a Georgia airfield last month was carried out intentionally by a medevac pilot. Capt. James Bellew, 26 was on medevac duty on March 30 at the Wright Army Airfield, a dual use airport between Fort Stewart and the City of Hinesville in Georgia, when two HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters crashed into each other at around 2 a.m. He was found dead the next morning at the site of the crash. Bellew was the 'only crewmember involved in the incident, and he was the only one injured or killed in the incident,' Col. Lindsey Elder, a spokesperson for the 3rd Infantry Division, told the Army Times. All of the other crewmembers were asleep at the time of the crash, Elder noted. An unnamed source told the Army Times that the crash was 'not an accident.' It remains unclear how he was able to start at least one of the helicopters without waking the crew or otherwise alert those who may have been at the field, like emergency medical services personnel or air traffic control staff. The service's Criminal Investigation Division is now probing the crash, Elder said, and a safety investigation team from the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center is also involved. The CID's involvement indicates criminal involvement, as Army regulations would normally see the Combat Readiness Center leading routine accent probes. It would only defer to the CID, the Army Times reports, if the incident in question were believed to be 'the result of a criminal act.' The investigation comes after several theories about the crash abounded on social media, claiming that the aircrafts were intentionally destroyed. Source

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