stealthz From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5807 posts, RR: 43
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6026 times:
Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 3): Given the smallish intake on the C-130 engine it's hard to imagine someone getting sucked into the engine. Seems more likely we're talking about the prop...
I would tend to agree.
In my experience there would be two ways to test a T-56, one with some kind of dynamometer attached to the output shaft and the other,more practical way, with propeller attached.
Assuming, unlikely as it might seem there is no propeller, the intake is a long way from the actual circular turbine air inlet on the engine.
Entirely possible the shock and impact at the outermost inlet could cause fatal injuries but "sucked into the engine" may be journalistic license.
Whilst all is speculation at this point the following quotes ...
Quote: The man had reportedly entered the testing enclosure while the engine was running.
He said the man had been made redundant last year from SAFE Air, an Air New Zealand subsidiary, but had been taken back on a short-term contract to work on the C-130.
imply this may be more a personal tragedy than a simple industrial accident.
If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!
Must have been a small fella... Isn't there a shaft running out of the front of the engine to the gearbox?
It dosn't have to be a full ingestion to kill you, just an arm will do the job.
I had a family friend who worked as a butcher for a meat market for many years. He got his arm pulled into a meat grinder and bled out in less than a minute. A turbine will do the same thing and drown out your screams for help.
Sorry about the grusom story, but I hear stuff like this and alot of times it's from great workers who loose the constration for a few moments. I've seen a few close calls myself.
This line here indicates he was not fully injested into the engine. But since the RNZAF is tearing the tearing the engine down to recover "human remains" that indicates at least part of him (arm, head, leg, etc.) was injected and he may have bleed out, or had the blood sucked out of him before the engine stalled and shut down.
"Tasman Police communications manager Barbara Dunn said emergency services personnel performed CPR but couldn't revive the man."