AN INQUIRY is launched after a helicopter crash in Fort Stewart that killed a pilot as a new report claims it was ‘not an accident’.
Army Capt. James Bellew, 26, a MedEvac member, was killed when two helicopters collided at Georgia Airfield March 30.
The crash occurred around 2 a.m. on March 30 and involved two HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. Bellew is the only person confirmed dead.
According to the army timean anonymous source came forward to claim that this crash was “not an accident”.
Lt. Col. Lindsey Elder of the 3rd Infantry Division confirmed to the Army Times that the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is investigating the crash and its causes.
“Captain. Bellew was the only crew member involved in the incident and he was the only one injured or killed in the incident,” Elder told the Army Times. “The first clue is that all other crew members were asleep at the time of the incident.”
According to the Army accident investigation regulationsthe involvement of CID signals that criminal activity is indeed suspected in the crash.
Anonymous sources have taken to social media to muse that it would be impossible for Bellew to launch the helicopter in the middle of the night without waking up others at the base.
Most social media posts related to Bellew’s death were in closed groups and have since been deleted.
“At this time, we cannot address the nature of the damage to the two aircraft, the timing of events, or the response of the tower and emergency services as these details are still considered part of the active investigation,” Elder said. “No further information will be released at this time to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation.”
“The loss of James is an immeasurable tragedy for his family, friends, crew and fellow soldiers.” said Colonel Eric VanekCommander of the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade.
The Fort Stewart base has been contacted for comment.
“James was part of one of the noblest professions imaginable; He dedicated his life to serving our country and did so in a role of constantly helping and saving the lives of others.”
Bellew joined the Army in 2017 and toured South Korea before joining the US MedEvac pilot program in 2019.
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https://www.the-sun.com/news/5058796/fort-stewart-army-helicopter-crash-james-bellew/ Fort Stewart Army helicopter crash was ‘NOT an accident’ as a criminal investigation was launched after the killing of 26-year-old pilot James Bellew