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Marine Corps general says amphibious vehicle accident that killed nine was 'preventable'

May 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The assistant commandant of the US Marine Corps told a congressional hearing Monday that the sinking of an amphibious vehicle in a training accident last July off the coast of southern California that left one sailor and eight marines dead was "preventable."

The deaths occurred when an assault amphibious vehicle, or AAV, sank near San Clemente Island on July 30, 2020, during a 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group routine.

The commander of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit was fired after a US Marine Corps investigation found that a series of human and mechanical failures led to the sinking of the vehicle.

Thomas said the AAV vehicles that the marines were operating before and during the incident should have been in a "higher state of material readiness. "

Olson said that by the time the vehicles were boarded onto the ship, "they had been returned to what we thought was water-born capable" operation.

Investigators found that "some 54% of the vehicles that were inspected had failures in the water-tight integrity of their plenum doors, that's the large intakes on the front that permit air to come in and out of an engine that's underwater," Olson said.

"None of those vehicles are permitted back into the water until they are returned to operable condition," Olson told lawmakers on Monday.

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