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03/22/2006 -- LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (ACCNS) – A maintainer’s failure to control the nose landing gear pin streamer during removal from an F-22A allowed the pin to be ingested into the right engine Oct. 20, 2005 prior to a mission at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, according to an aircraft accident investigation report released today.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
I've heard of worse. We had to have a DC-8 fly to the mainland from here on three engines because the ground guy went to plug into the intercom and 10 feet of intercom cable, including the big metal plug, went through the engine. This is actually a more common occurance than you realize. Those engines are horrible when it comes to pulling things into them. They call the F-16 the vacuum cleaner because if your ramp isn't clean before they go through, it will be after they do.
The ground lock pin is also pretty substantial. It's a fairly large steel pin that goes through the nose gear to keep it from folding. It's probably about 1/4th inch diameter.
[edit on 3/23/2006 by Zaphod58]