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Apreill Hartsfield

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Apreill Hartsfield recently joined Beasley Allen as a Content Writer. Her professional writing career began more than 15 years ago when she assisted with the research and writing for the Alabama Kids Count Data Book. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed a good mix of writing projects and providing public relations advice. Apreill enjoys helping people tell their stories and has a soft spot for children and marginalized populations. She graduated from the University of North Alabama with a bachelor of science in Political Science and Public Communications and earned a law degree from Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. Apreill and her husband and children live in Prattville, Ala.

Tragic Week for US Military Aviation

It has been a tragic week for aviation in the U.S. military. In only two days, four unrelated aviation “mishaps” claimed the lives of four U.S. Marines and an Air Force pilot, and damaged or destroyed four military aircraft. On Tuesday, a Marine AV-8B Harrier attack jet crashed during take-off from the Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport. The pilot ejected safely just before the crash. During take-off, the jet’s nose rose too quickly, forcing the pilot to lose control of the jet. The aircraft was taking part in a two-week Alligator Dagger exercise. The exercise was cancelled following a second crash in ... Read More

Helicopter Crash-Lands in California Home

A Robinson R44 helicopter crash-landed in a residential area of Southern California Tuesday afternoon, killing three people on board and injuring two others, including a man on the ground, ABC News reported. The helicopter crashed into the side of a house located in a Newport Beach gated community, approximately a mile from the John Wayne Airport, where it took off. The crash is at least the third serious accident involving an R44 that has occurred in Southern California within a year, according to the LA Times. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating ... Read More

3 Crew Dead After Medical Helicopter Crash in Arkansas

Three crew members were killed when their medical helicopter crashed Sunday night in DeWitt, Arkansas, approximately 60 miles southeast of Little Rock, the Associated Press reported. A post-crash fire engulfed the helicopter in flames, preventing first responders from approaching the crash site when they arrived. The Bell 407 helicopter, known as Pafford AIR ONE, was owned and operated by Pafford EMS and Air Methods. Pafford EMS confirmed no patients were on board at the time of the crash, but that the aircraft was flying from Pine Bluff to pick up a patient in West Helena. The three crew members who ... Read More

Air Evac Lifeteam Helicopter Crashes, 3 Injured

An Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter crashed during a non-medical flight Wednesday in a residential area in Union City, Tennessee, the Associated Press reports. Three crew members, including the pilot, flight nurse and a paramedic, were taken to a nearby hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and released. According to the Jackson Sun, no houses were damaged and no other injuries were reported. The location of the crash is approximately 100 miles northeast of Memphis. The helicopter was part of Air Evac 143, which is based in Troy, Tennessee. The crew was flying to the 911 Dispatch Center in ... Read More

Operational Pause for CH-53 helicopter After In-flight Fire, Emergency Landing

A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in Okinawa, Japan, last week after experiencing an in-flight fire, according to The New York Times. Following the event, Military.com reported that the commanding general of the III Marine Expeditionary Force, Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, implemented a 96-hour operational pause for the rest of the fleet of CH-53E Super Stallions based at the USMC Air Station Futenma in Japan. The heavy-lift helicopter was assigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), forward-based in Japan, Military.com also reported. The aircraft had been conducting “regularly scheduled training” when ... Read More

US V-22 Osprey Crashes in Syria, ‘Enemy Contact’ Not Likely Cause

Last Thursday, a U.S. V-22 Osprey crashed in Syria injuring two service members, USNI News reports. Department of Defense officials do not believe the crash was caused due to “enemy contact,” but the incident remains under investigation and officials did not speculate about the cause. Officials also said it was a “miracle” others were not also injured in the crash. The crash marks at least the fourth crash of a V-22 aircraft in a year – supporting its reputation as dangerous and unreliable. At least three other V-22s have been forced into emergency landings with one emitting smoke from its ... Read More

Duke Life Flight Suffered Engine Failure, Post-Crash Fire

Engine failure took down the Duke Life Flight helicopter earlier this month that killed all four people on board, a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) preliminary report says. One of the two engines “exhibited discoloration consistent with overheating and lack of lubrication” and “exhibited rotational nonuniform damage,” the report said. Investigators also found the engine’s bearing roller pins were worn down. Witnesses told NTSB investigators they saw dark smoke trailing behind the helicopter while it was still in the air. One witness reported hearing a “popping noise” before it turned left, then right and began to descend. The witness said ... Read More

Duke Life Flight Helicopter Crash Kills 4

A Duke Life Flight helicopter was traveling from Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City, North Carolina when it crashed, killing all four people on board just around 11:45 a.m. local time Sept. 8, the News and Observer reported. The helicopter was transporting a patient to Duke Medical Center in Durham when it crashed in Perquimans County near Belvidere, close to the Virginia border and about 160 miles east of Raleigh. Duke Life Flight was founded in 1985 and was the first hospital-based emergency transport service. It includes one other helicopter, both Eurocopter EC 145s, and five ground ambulances based ... Read More

Deadly, Noncombat Military Air Crashes Continue

As Righting Injustice previously reported, this summer has been a deadly one for U.S. military aviation and the pattern of noncombat crashes continued last Friday. Another U.S. Black Hawk crashed around 7 p.m. local time off the coast of Yemen during a training mission, according to a press release from U.S. Central Command. Five of the six crew members were rescued and the military conducted a search throughout the weekend for the sixth crew member. As of Monday, ArmyTimes confirmed that the service member is still missing and the search is ongoing. The crash occurred while the helicopter was “conducting ... Read More

Five Missing After Black Hawk Helicopter Crashes in Hawaii

Late Tuesday night, a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, CNN reported. Five crew members were on board when the helicopter lost communications with Wheeler Army Airfield on the island of Oahu. Approximately 80 minutes later at 11:28 p.m. local time, the U.S. Coast Guard located a debris field near Kaena Point, which is located on the west side of the island. The helicopter was one of two Black Hawk helicopters from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade conducting a routine night training exercise between Kaena Point and Dillingham Airfield, according to the Honolulu ... Read More