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Resource ID: #17469
Subject: Military
Source: CBS News
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Date: Feb. 23, 24

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A CBS investigative series examines the reasons for the growing accident rates of the Apache helicopter, "widely toted as the best attack helicopter in the world." The investigation finds that "over the last 20 years the Army has spent $ 14 billion on 700 Apaches" in spite of serious safety problems that the army decision-makers have been aware of. The story reveals that "the Apache's back up control system, thought to be a state-of-art safety device ... was actually being blamed for causing accidents." It also details how the "Apache operation were brought to a virtual standstill when the army grounded nearly the entire fleet just after the Kosovo war, " and how this cessation "forced the army to suspend routine training...." The story depicts the covered-up fears of most army aviators and cites an army top-expert admitting that "the Apache has a nasty history."

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