Posts Tagged: Accidents

Turbulence and Zombie Militarism: When a deadly aircraft crash is just a “hard landing”

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  Photo: Ken Quinata/KHON Planet Earth seems to be experiencing a period of geophysical turbulence. Molten magma on the move. Earthquake clusters near the crater of Kilauea. The lava lake of Halemaʻumaʻu exploding and overflowing its banks, then subsiding. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions at tectonic hotspots around the worlds including Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Japan, and the… Read more »

Two workers injured by explosion in Mākua Valley

KHON reports that two grounds maintenance workers were injured in Mākua Valley when an unexploded munition exploded: According to the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s public affairs office, two ground maintenance contractors were injured after encountering an apparent unexploded ordnance at Makua Military Reservation. It happened at around 1:45 p.m. An Army contracted medevac helicopter airlifted the… Read more »

Navy sailor, 21 dies in fall from Pali Notches hiking trail

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported: A hiker who fell to his death off the Pali Notches trail on Sunday has been identified as Navy sailor Johnathan McNeeley, 21. McNeeley, a native of Lake Wales, Fla., was assigned to the USS John Paul Jones, based at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

What is behind the flurry of U.S. military deaths in Hawaiʻi?

Recently, U.S. soldiers died in Hawaiʻi in a series of accidents and reckless activities.  Yesterday, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported “Motorcyclist, 23, killed in H-1 crash is identified as Schofield soldier” (January 22, 2013): A man killed in a motorcycle crash on Sunday was identified as Trevor McGurran, 23, of Wahiawa. Military officials said McGurran… Read more »

Hickam F-22 pilot has “in-flight emergency” due to lack of oxygen

Last week Tuesday, July 10, 2012, a Hawaii Air National Guard pilot experienced oxygen deprivation while flying an F-22 Raptor, the most advanced fighter aircraft in the U.S. military arsenal. The AP reported “Stealth Fighter Jet Flaw: Pilot Suffers Oxygen Deprivation While Flying F-22 Raptor” (July 11, 2012): The Hawaii Air National Guard said Tuesday… Read more »

Fire in Kahuku Training Area, burning shorts and RIMPAC aircraft assault Pohakuloa

KHON reported that there was a brush fire in the Kahuku Training Area this afternoon: The Honolulu Fire Department reported that the Kahuku Training Area fire is contained. All firefighting operations were concluded by 5:45 p.m. Army Range Control personnel will monitor the fire area overnight. The Honolulu Fire Department reports that the Kahuku Training… Read more »

Osprey crashes, Japanese city rejects Osprey, and Marines want to bring Osprey to Hawai’i?

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported that”Marines’ copter plan raises fear of noise” (June 12, 2012): The public has nearly a month to weigh in on Marine Corps plans to station MV-22 tiltrotor Osprey and H-1 Cobra and Huey attack-utility helicopter squadrons at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, but any community opposition likely will boil down to… Read more »

Kaʻala Farm a modern kīpuka in the fire

The fire that began in the Lualualei Naval Reservation and burned 1200 acres in Waiʻanae, including the traditional hale pili classroom at the Kaʻala Farm and irrigation pipes, spared the loʻi kalo.  The farm is a real kīpuka, a green oasis of life amidst the charred landscape. The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported “Seeds planted for… Read more »

Wildfire that began in Lualualei naval base burns for third day, damage to cultural center and explosions reported

The wildfire in Waiʻanae continues to burn.  The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports: Fire crews were busy in Waianae Valley this morning as Oahu’s largest wildfire of the year burned for a third day. At least one Marine Corps CH-53 helicopter was to rejoin the Honolulu Fire Department’s air operations this morning, the Navy said. Nine… Read more »

Searching for answers and accountability in recent military aircraft crashes

In April 9, 2010, an Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashed in Afghanistan killing four people. Almost two years to the day after the crash in Afghanistan, the AP reported “Two U.S. troops die in helicopter crash in Morocco” (April 11, 2012): Two U.S. Marines were killed and two severely injured in the crash of a hybrid… Read more »