In a letter addressed to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand asked the new defense secretary to investigate a “disturbing pattern” of Army Black Hawk crashes since 2019. This series of crashes have taken away the lives of nine Army National Guard soldiers. In the letter, the senator asked to check significant concerns about a systemic issue with the Black Hawk helicopter operation cycle that might have been causing the crashes. The senator also requested a classified briefing on his investigation’s status alongside the Department of Defense’s plan to solve the issue.
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