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Report shows confusion after CH-53E crash

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posted on Oct, 7 2015 @ 12:46 AM
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On September 1, 2014 a CH-53E was approaching the USS Mesa Verde after declaring an emergency for an engine failure. The aircraft approached the deck in a fast descent, but missed the deck.

After missing the deck, the main rotor struck it, flipping the aircraft upside down, and splashing down into the water. Amazingly, all 25 people on board survived and were rescued.

According to statements made by survivors it was chaos on board after. Improperly secured cargo fell on Marines, making it difficult to get free, fuel mixed with sea water causing Marines to vomit and get disoriented while trying to escape.

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posted on Oct, 7 2015 @ 05:15 AM
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Think the Loadmaster got a "Please explain"....Lucky guys...



posted on Oct, 8 2015 @ 03:12 PM
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Years back there was a video of a CH-46 approaching a vessel, too fast. He caught one of the rear wheels in some deck rigging and crashed. It was amateur video, don't know the fate of the crew.

We Army pilots used to kid our brethren Navy helo pilots about how bad they were.

Too fast is seldom good for a spot landing, but at least this guy was emergency. Glad everybody survived. I can imagine the chaos inside.



posted on Oct, 9 2015 @ 07:29 AM
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Years back there was a video of a CH-46 approaching a vessel, too fast. He caught one of the rear wheels in some deck rigging and crashed. It was amateur video, don't know the fate of the crew.

One fatality if I remember correctly..



posted on Oct, 9 2015 @ 07:49 AM
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originally posted by: Salander
Years back there was a video of a CH-46 approaching a vessel, too fast. He caught one of the rear wheels in some deck rigging and crashed. It was amateur video, don't know the fate of the crew.

We Army pilots used to kid our brethren Navy helo pilots about how bad they were.

Too fast is seldom good for a spot landing, but at least this guy was emergency. Glad everybody survived. I can imagine the chaos inside.


We had a Naval bird attached to the first cav that could detect magnetic anomalies which worked great for finding buried stuff. The Army revetments were small with little clearance even for UH-1s .. The Naval aircraft looked like a small S-76 and was a beautiful bird; certainly smaller than the UH=1s. It took two pilots and 4 ground personnel, two at the front corners of the revetment and two at the rear for the Navy guys to get the bird to taxi out of the revetment..

We used to kid the Navy guys when we would send a new guy out by himself to reposition's one of the UH-1s into maintenance all by himself. Guess you had to be there to appreciate the ribbing that went on..



posted on Oct, 9 2015 @ 09:08 AM
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originally posted by: Zaphod58
According to statements made by survivors it was chaos on board after. Improperly secured cargo fell on Marines, making it difficult to get free, fuel mixed with sea water causing Marines to vomit and get disoriented while trying to escape.


This is why you train in the "dunker". We had to be able to get out from at least three different exits blindfolded. As far as the jet fuel in the water making them sick, sorry there isn't a damn thing that you can do about that.



posted on Oct, 9 2015 @ 10:37 AM
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a reply to: JIMC5499

No, you can't do much about jet fuel, but the combination of fuel and loose cargo together made this escape much harder than it should have been. The AC decisions and bad choices led to them being in the water. It was a mess all around.



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