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US Army grounds pilots after fatal helicopter crashes

09:25 PM | 29 Apr, 2023
US Army grounds pilots after fatal helicopter crashes
Source: Twitter

WASHINGTON – The United States Army’s chief of staff has grounded all pilots except those involved in critical missions until the completion of their required training after two mid-air collisions of four helicopters in recent weeks.

Lieutenant-Colonel Terence Kelley, a US Army spokesperson, said the suspension of air operation came into effective from Friday. However, Army National Guard and Reserve units have been given time till May 31 to conclude the training sessions.  

On Thursday, two AH-64 Apache helicopters collided in Alaska, leaving three soldiers dead and injuring another. In March this year, nine were dead after two Black Hawks crashed in Kentucky region.  

US General James McConville “ordered an aviation stand down following two deadly helicopter mishaps that killed 12 soldiers. The move grounds all Army aviators, except those participating in critical missions, until they complete the required training,” the Army said in a statement on Friday.

“During the stand down, the Army will review the risk approval/risk management process, aviation maintenance training program, aircrew training standardization and management, and supervisory responsibility,” the statement said. 

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal 12 April

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 12, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Friday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 12 April 2024

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