Navy Review Raises Sea Dragon Questions

Posted October 20, 2014 at 10:20am

The Virginian-Pilot reports that “a month ago, when the Navy released one of its investigations into a crash that killed three sailors, an official said the service remained ‘absolutely confident’ in the safety of the Sea Dragon, its oldest helicopter.”  

“An internal Navy review of the crash suggests otherwise.”  

“The confidential safety investigation report, obtained by The Virginian-Pilot, says a full risk analysis is needed to ensure the aging MH-53E Sea Dragon fleet is safe to fly for another decade.”  

“The report is also critical of the three-star command responsible for developing, equipping and maintaining all Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, including the Sea Dragon.”