SINGAPUR: In addition to the committee of inquiry, the Singapore Special Branch Investigation Branch (SIB) will also investigate the death of National Army (NSman) Aloysius Pang, Defense Secretary Ng Eng Hen said. February 11th.
In a ministry statement on death, Dr. Ng said that while the police and state coroner have no jurisdiction to investigate deaths that have occurred abroad in New Zealand, the SIB may, as it has jurisdiction over military law.
"Based on SIB investigations, the Chief Military Prosecutor will decide whether a soldier should be prosecuted for crimes or war crimes in a military court," said Dr. Ng.
The military court is led by officials of the Court of Justice, he added.
The first clan (National Service) Pang dies January 23 in Wycato Hospital in Hamilton, New Zealand, after injuring himself while performing a Singaporean self-guided wagon repair (SSPH).
The 28-year-old actor was in New Zealand for the Warrior Thunder Exercise, a live shooting exercise featuring a gabbita.
He suffered compression injuries when the barrel barrel was lowered. Pang underwent several operations to heal his injuries but died 4 days after the incident.
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EVENTS RELATED TO INCIDENT
Revealing the details that led to the incident on January 19, Dr. Ng said that Pang and two other officers were in the SSPH cabin to carry out repair work on the gun calibration system for accurate shooting.
The other two were a Regular Armaments technician holding the rank of Military Expert (ML) 2 with more than 16 years of service, and commander of the NHSM pistol squad whose rank was the third sergeant.
Dr. Ng said that Pang was part of a NSman maintenance platoon that provides basic support for maintenance.
If the repair works exceed the scope of the platoon, Dr. Ng said that more complex maintenance is done by second-level maintenance technicians, called the maintenance group, which consists of Regulars.
"In this particular incident, CFC (NS) Pang was first activated," added Dr. Ng. "But since he could not solve the problem, CFC (NS) Pang requested and received the support of regular support team technicians."
The SSPH 2.3 m, 2.44 m front and rear, and 2.64 m from one side to the other, is split through the middle of the gun barrel, Dr. Ng said. In order to carry out maintenance work, this barrel should be reduced.
In this situation, there is "room" for those in the cabin to be in three "safe positions" on each side of the barrel, Dr. Ng said, citing a chart showing the positions of the gun commander, loader and ammunition,
According to Dr. Ng, on the left side of the barrel there is space for the commander of the pistol and loader about 1.55 m wide, and for the ammo loader on the right of the barrel there is a space of about 0.9 m wide.
– When the pistol is lowered, the thruster at the rear end of the barrel rises upwards and ends about 10 cm below the top edge of the cabin. Therefore, no one should stand behind the barrel when a pistol descends, "said Dr. Ng.
"Unfortunately, CFC (NS) Pang was caught between the gun barrel and the inside of SSPH, as the barrel of the gun was lowered and injured in the chest and abdomen."
RESPONSE OF THE FOLLOWING CASES
Pang was treated on the spot by a medical officer of the aircraft before he was taken by helicopter to Wicatoc Hospital, a regional trauma center. The surgeons decided he needed a surgery to treat injuries, said Dr. Ng, adding that Pang was still conscious and spoke before surgery.
"In the first operation, the surgical team found that a number of organs had been damaged and treated them accordingly," said Dr. Ng.
"After the first operation, CFC (NS) Pang did not require ventilation and its vital signs were stable. In fact, after the first operation, he talked to his mother who flew to New Zealand.
Dr. Ng said surgeons planned a "second glance" surgery for Pang on Jan. 21 to ensure that no further injury would occur as compression trauma may only occur after an initial injury .
"No further damage was detected in the second sight operation, but the condition of CFC (NS) Pang subsequently deteriorated," said Dr. Ng. "Although it was put on artificial maintenance of life and further treatment, CFC (NS) Pang died."
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EXPERIENCE EXPOSURE EXPERIENCE
Pang, who was trained to provide technical support to SSPH as he was a full-time national serviceman, was on Exercise Thunder Warrior for his seventh camp camp (ICT), said Dr. Ng.
Pang arrived in New Zealand on January 6th and began maintenance work on January 10th. During the training he participated in the preparation of more than 10 SSPHs, which included service and maintenance of the weapons.
During his previous ICT in February 2018, Pang attended two-day refresher training on basic SSPH functional and SSH troubleshooting, including safety procedures related to the movement of weapons, said Dr. Ng.
Before participating in this year's Thunder Warrior Exercise, Pang also underwent refresher training on maintenance tasks in New Zealand, Dr. Ng added.
According to Dr. Ng, the two other employees who were in the Pang cabin were "of similar qualifications".
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The commander of the weapon was the eighth ICT and underwent refresher training prior to this year's exercise, while the Regular Technician had eight years of work experience at SSPH and in his sixth exercise he was a technician.
"The ME2 Regular technician is generally responsible," said Dr. Ng.
"For maintenance work in this case, the maintenance manual indicates that it is the responsibility of the responsible technician to ensure that the gun has been lowered and locked in place before it can begin maintenance work."
Dr. Ng noted that the other two soldiers involved in this incident were redistributed from their operative role.
"All three people who were in the cabin in this incident were specifically trained for SSPH and had similar maintenance in the past," said Dr. Ng. "During the exercise, both CFC (NS) Pang and the Regular technician have carried out daily arms support."
COMPLETENESS OF SAFETY PROTOCOLS
As for SSPH safety protocols, Dr. Ng repeated the steps the cabin crew should take when moving the piston cylinder in any maintenance work on the gab.
The Ministry of Defense (MINDEF) highlighted these steps on January 30, noting that in order to lower the gun barrel, the gun commander must visually check that the zone around the piston cylinder is free of obstructions and that the crew remains on a safe working place.
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The gun commander will sound "cleaned" to alert the crew of the gun to the upcoming barrel movement and to call "standby" before moving the barrel.
In an emergency situation where the barrel of the pistol or other moving parts must be stopped immediately, each of the servicemen, with the exception of the driver, may activate an emergency stop button.
HOWITZER DESIGN FLAGS?
After the incident, Dr. Ng said the SRA inspected its ICSD to ensure there was no system malfunction of the machine that would put other support teams at risk.
"The SSPH checks did not detect any malfunction of the weapon's downhill machine," said Dr. Ng, noting that it took about nine seconds for the pistol to be placed in a horizontal maintenance position.
SSPH has been designed and developed for international military standards for system safety and human factor engineering, said Dr. Ng. Other armed forces that work with 155-mm rubber guns with a similar weapons-reduction mechanism include the United States, South Korea and Germany.
Dr. Ng added that the SSPH prototype platform has undergone "extensive experiments and evaluations" from 2000 to 2002, before it was introduced in 2003.
In response to MINDEF's statement, Dr. Ng said that over the last 15 years more than 1,000 NSmen and Regulars have been trained to operate SSPH without reporting injuries due to lowering the gun for maintenance, work or shooting.
"We owe it to … all the synagogues"
By doing so, Dr. Ng asked everyone to keep their judgment and respect the ongoing investigation by the independent IDI to determine what had happened. The findings will be presented in Parliament.
"Everything requested by the KI will be given to them – I do not intend to have to give up any information for security reasons."
"We are obliged to CFC (NS) Pang and his family, in fact to all Singaporeans, to get to the bottom of what has happened and to make things right to ensure the safety of the NA training system as a whole."