Fort Bliss Cites ‘Mechanical Issue’ For Ammo Can Falling Out of Helicopter

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A “mechanical issue” is to blame for an ammo can falling out of a helicopter and into a Northeast El Paso elementary school back in May, a 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss spokesperson told KTSM.

Responding through email, LTC Crystal Boring explained an investigation determined the mechanical issue was found in the locking retaining pin.

As KTSM first reported, the box of military ammunition fell out of Blackhawk helicopter and onto the roof of Parkland Elementary School, before landing into a classroom on May 17. No one was hurt.

At the time, Fort Bliss Garrison Commander COL Steve Murphy told KTSM he was “extremely sorry” for the damage and that an investigation was underway.

As a result of the investigation, LTC Boring told KTSM the retaining pin will need to be modified.  In the meantime, Fort Bliss soldiers will not fly with ammo cans except when in a training area.

Boring said no one was reprimanded for the situation.

Additionally, according to a 1st Armored Division spokesperson, based on recommendations from the investigating officer, the aviation brigade commander “immediately changed the flight path on future aviation missions.”  It’s unclear what areas are now in the flight path.

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