AN Army officer was crushed to death by an armoured personnel carrier after a safety alarm had gone unfixed for years.
Second Lieutenant Max George, 26, got out of the Warrior moments before its driver “reversed at speed” and unknowingly ran him over.
The crew were 40 metres away before they realised he had been hit during the exercise on Salisbury Plain, Wilts, in 2022.
The alarm would have alerted the driver that the vehicle’s rear door had been opened and would have “almost certainly” saved Lt George’s life.
It broke in 2018.
An investigation found the Army was “over-committed and under-resourced” which put soldiers at “considerable risk”.
Air Marshal Steve Shell, of the Defence Safety Authority added: “This accident was preventable and there are areas we must improve upon immediately to prevent it happening again.”
Lt Col Jim Hadfield said of Lt George: “He was a natural commander who exuded fierce determination matched by selfless compassion.”
The Army said: “We have accepted all the recommendations, including additional safety measures for the Warrior rear exit.”