US Air Force (USAF) chief of staff general David L Goldfein has ordered all airforce wings with flying and maintenance functions to carry out a one-day stand down for an operational safety review.
The aviation operational safety review, which is expected to be completed by 21 May this year, is part of the USAF’s efforts to ensure the safety of its force.
The review has been directed owing to a series of recent aircraft mishaps and fatalities, including the crash of the WC-130 Hercules aircraft on 2 May.
Goldfein said: “I am directing this operational safety review to allow our commanders to assess and discuss the safety of our operations and to gather feedback from our airmen who are doing the mission every day.”
Safety statistics have revealed that Air Force Class A and B aviation mishaps have reduced over the past ten years.
However, the USAF’s manned aviation mishap rate is reported to have increased since the beginning of the 2018 fiscal year.
Goldfein added: “We cannot afford to lose a single airman or weapons system due to a mishap that could have been prevented.
“Our men and women have volunteered to give their last full measure for America’s security.
“My intent is to have commanders lead focused forums with their airmen to help identify gaps and seams that exist or are developing, which could lead to future mishaps or unsafe conditions.”
During the operational safety review, commander-led forums will be responsible for collecting feedback from the airmen who conduct the USAF’s flying operations, in addition to challenging them to identify issues that might cause a mishap in the future.