Fort Carson Crash Record Draws National Attention

Army pilots at this southern Colorado post crashed more helicopters than any other unit last year.

Those crashes accounted for nearly 20 percent of the service's worst accidents. Five helicopters were destroyed, though there were no fatalities.

The Army reported 28 Class A crashes overall from Oct. 1, 2001, to Sept. 30, 2002. Those are accidents that caused a death or at least one million in damage.

Seventeen people died, and the accidents caused $286 million in damage.

The five Fort Carson helicopters were from the post's Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. All were destroyed, but pilots and crew suffered no serious injuries.

No other Army unit had more than one serious crash. Fort Carson tells us that new Commanding General Robert Wilson has taken a new pro-active way to reduce accidents.

Now before any air-mission, pilots and crew follow a written checklist and discuss the mission and safety steps to prevent any problems in the air.

So far this fiscal year, which started in October, Fort Carson has had no air accidents.