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STAR-ADVERTISER / JAN. 22
An investigation into January’s fatal Marine Corps helicopter crash off Oahu’s North Shore noted pilot error, but also cited a 2015 study that found “appalling” readiness within the CH-53E Super Stallion fleet. Among other issues, the report said, pilots lacked sufficient flying hours and the squadron suffered from poor morale due in part to low numbers of ready aircraft. Above, a memorial service for the 12 Marines who were killed was held at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. A CH-53E Super Stallion sat behind portraits of the Marines.