Marine Corps orders all of its aircraft grounded following deadly crashes

F  A-18 aircraft that landed after colliding with another jet on Nov. 9 2016

F A-18 aircraft that landed after colliding with another jet on Nov. 9 2016

Robert Neller has ordered that all of the Corps' aviation units must carry out an operational reset for 24 hours within the next two weeks, the Department of Defense said in a press release on Friday.

"This operational reset will occur within the next two weeks and will be taken at the discretion of commanders, based on their unit's operational commitments, to focus on the fundamentals of safe flight operations, standardization, and combat readiness", according to an August 11 statement. Flying squadrons will review selected incidents and study historical examples of completed investigations "in order to bring awareness and best practices to the fleet".

The U.S. Marine Corps is pausing flight operations after an aircraft crash in Austria last weekend in which three U.S. Marines went missing.

".to focus on the fundamentals of safe flight operations, standardization, and combat readiness".

In all, 26 Marines were aboard the aircraft at the time of the crash.

Last weekend, a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey crashed off the coast of Australia.

The halt will affect all Marine Corps aircrafts, including those with tilt-rotors, helicopters and fixed-wing planes.

The U.S. side says the accident occurred in a complex situation in which the aircraft was trying to land on a U.S. military ship, according to the ministry.

And in July, 15 Marines and one Navy Corpsman were killed when their US military plane spiraled out of the sky and crashed in a MS field.

A Defense Ministry source said Thursday the U.S. Marine Corps will likely fly Ospreys in ongoing joint drills with the Ground Self-Defense Force in Hokkaido, northern Japan.

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