A US Army Aviator who was at the center of a deadly helicopter crash was reportedly suicidal, making inquiries over life insurance payout policies and whether or not it would be easy to steal a helicopter without anyone knowing.
Capt. James Bellew, who at the time of his death was 26 years of age, was a Medevac pilot assigned to Wright Army Airfield in Georgia.
On the day of his death, he reportedly asked his colleagues if “someone could access an aircraft alone without anyone noticing.”
On March 30, 2022 Bellew managed to crash his HH-60 helicopter in the early hours of the morning, smashing into another in the process.
No one else was injured or killed in the incident, although the loss of the captain led to many unanswered questions for some time.
According to the Daily Mail, Bellew was not known by the military to have had any mental health issues, but his romantic partner notified the Red Cross, stating that Bellew was suicidal.
A subsequent search of his personal effects revealed that many family members were concerned for his well-being, and had given him letters and self-help books.
Additionally, Bellew had also looked into whether or not he would be held liable for the crash and if that would affect his life insurance.
The captain was a Virginia native, who entered the Army in 2017 through a ROTC program with his university.
While assigned to Wright Army Airfield, he was officially stationed at Fort Stewart.
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