Grieving relations of the 5 Marines who died in a helicopter crash throughout a lethal storm in California earlier this week stated Saturday that their deaths are the newest instance of deadly and pointless accidents within the navy.
Steven Langen, the daddy of Sgt. Alec Langen, 23, who was serving as crew chief onboard the CH-53E Tremendous Stallion helicopter that went down within the mountains 45 minutes exterior of San Diego Tuesday, instructed The Put up that his son’s demise is a latest case of what has turn into “an all too acquainted story within the navy neighborhood.”
“Perhaps that is the one occasion to the place they wake the f–ok up they usually say, ‘What are we doing to our service members? We’ve acquired to cease this,’” he stated.
On Tuesday, the group was heading again to the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego from the Creech Air Drive Base exterior of Las Vegas as California was pounded with unprecedented rainfall and snow that had made flight circumstances treacherous and unstable.
Officers stated Thursday that an investigation was ongoing into the reason for the crash, however Bradford Moulton, uncle of sufferer Capt. Benjamin Moulton, 27, questioned why his nephew and his fellow Marines had been within the air throughout “a thousand-year storm.”
“They’re Marines, they fly in nasty climate, they do what they’re alleged to do … however I certain want the operations officer would have saved them on the bottom,” he stated Saturday.
The deadly crash got here virtually three months after five Army special operations soldiers were killed when their helicopter went down within the Mediterranean Sea throughout an aerial refueling coaching train.
Eight Air Drive particular operations service members had been additionally killed throughout a November coaching train when their CV-22 Osprey crashed off the shore of Yakushima Island, Japan, en path to Okinawa.
The next month, a Marine was killed and 14 others injured when their amphibious fight automobile rolled over during training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton simply north of San Diego.
Aviation consultants previously told The Post that the torrential climate circumstances greater than doubtless contributed to the deadly helicopter crash that additionally took the lives of Capt. Jack Casey, 26, Lance Cpl. Donovan Davis, and Capt. Miguel Nava.
“Not solely did it not must occur, it mustn’t have occurred,” stated Davis’ father Gregory, 53, a retired naval aviation officer.
The Marines’ grieving family members all stated their kin had been set on enlisting and following of their relations’ footsteps from a younger age.
Steven Langen stated he had served as a Marines crew chief from 1986 to 1995 and flew the identical kind of helicopter as his son, Alec — who he believed “did it higher.”
Langen recalled Alec saying he solely wished one current forward of his seventeenth celebration.
“The subsequent factor you understand, (there’s) a knock on the door. And there’s the Marine recruiter that’s standing there,” he stated. “All he wished for his birthday was to enroll one 12 months early for the delayed entry program.”
He stated his son died “doing what he liked,” however has left behind his 21-year-old spouse, who he had married simply 4 months prior.
Gregory Davis stated his son had been surrounded by the Navy and Marine Corps his complete upbringing, starting along with his delivery on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington.
“He was so proud to be a Marine, he liked his job, he liked what he did,” his father stated.
“We’re happy with Donovan and every little thing he was capable of accomplish in his brief 21 years.”
Benjamin Moulton, his uncle instructed The Put up, had his sights set on changing into a jet pilot for Marines, similar to his grandfather, who had been a Marines pilot and achieved the rank of colonel earlier than retiring.
Moulton was “a really good child” who obtained a full journey to the College of Washington on an ROTC scholarship and ended up being chosen to pilot helicopters within the navy department.
“He was going to be a Marine pilot it doesn’t matter what,” his proud uncle shared.
Maj. Gen. Michael J. Borgschulte, the commanding common of the third Marine Plane Wing, beforehand stated the Marines killed within the helicopter crash “had been serving a calling better than self and had been proud to take action. We’ll perpetually be pleased about their name to obligation and selfless service.”
The Put up has reached out to the Marines for remark. The households of Casey and Nava couldn’t be reached.