posted on Feb, 23 2018 @ 08:44 PM
An EA-18 Growler flying from Whidbey Island to China Lake suffered severe frostbite injuries due to an inflight ECS failure. The crew received an ECS
icing warning, before freezing mist began to come out of the cockpit vents. The canopy and instruments froze, and the crew had to use their Garmin
watches to monitor their heading and altitude.
The cockpit eventually dropped to -30 before they were able to land, causing serious frostbite to their hands. This is the first time the ECS has
failed in flight like this, but the system has been causing a lot of problems for the F-18 fleet, including a serious uptick in PEs.