USAF Cadet Dies, 2 Injured in Humvee Training Accident

A US Air Force base in Idaho announced on Sunday that one of its cadets died after a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (Humvee) accident.

According to the Mountain Home Air Force Base, 19-year-old Mackenzie Wilson died while participating in a training event at Saylor Creek Range.

Participants immediately responded to the accident and reportedly administered first aid to those injured.

However, Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene, while the two other injured cadets were rushed to St. Alphonsus Hospital.

“Today we lost a member of our Air Force family,” 366th Fighter Wing commander Col. Ernesto DiVittorio said. “We express our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of all the individuals.”

Humvee Issues 

Although it is not yet clear if the accident was due to a mechanical issue, the incident at the Saylor Creek Range was not the first deadly accident involving the vehicle.

Last year, a junior infantryman assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division died after a Humvee rollover crash at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Initial reports revealed that the soldier and the three other injured personnel were not wearing seatbelts during the training.

In March, a Humvee rolled over during a Joint Base Cape Cod drill, injuring four occupants and severely damaging the vehicle.

The US Army previously announced investing more than $180 million to make the Humvees safer for military personnel.

Modifications include installing anti-lock brake systems with electronic stability control kits.


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