Friday, August 16, 2013
Training Exercises Claim 3 Soldiers, 2 Others Hurt
It's been a dangerous time in the training fields of Chile's armed forces the past few weeks. On Aug. 14, two airmen somehow fell out of a helicopter, suffering critical injuries after plunging 40 meters to the ground. The Air Force (FACh) says it is investigating the accident, which occurred during a rescue training exercise. News reports say the helicopter touched power lines. Earlier, on July 29, three marines were killed during an underwater exercise. The three were special forces troops training with underwater explosives when the device went off unexpectedly. One of the three was missing for some hours until his body was recovered. Injuries and fatalities are not uncommon in any military organization, although it is a bit unusual for two major accidents to happen so close together.