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Man Loses Life Being Sucked Into Hercules Engine!  
User currently onlinenotaxonrotax From Ecuador, joined Mar 2011, 479 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6025 times:
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http://www.nu.nl/buitenland/2584328/...n-motor-van-vliegtuig-gezogen.html

Sorry, only in Dutch!

Apparently a mechanic down in Kiwi-land got sucked into the the engine of a Hercules; suffering fatal wounds.
How on earth?? Is the press wrong again??

Anybody has any more info perhaps?
Poor sod……..


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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2116 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6002 times:

Quoting notaxonrotax (Thread starter):
Anybody has any more info perhaps?

It's true, a quick Google of 'man sucked into C-130' got many results, one of which was this:

http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-...ealand-airport-20110808-1ii1p.html



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User currently offlineB727LVR From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 630 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5906 times:

As a mechanic, this is one of my worst fears....

The article said he was "made redundant" which I am assuming meant he was laid-off or let go, is that correct?

Best wishes to his family....   



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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined exactly 8 years ago today! , 3546 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5820 times:
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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...


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User currently offlinestealthz From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5714 posts, RR: 44
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5775 times:
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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.


and

Quote:

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.



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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2116 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5633 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...

As odd as it would seem, its true... into the engine, not the prop.


An Air New Zealand spokeswoman said the engine was sitting on a stand without propellors attached and was not affixed to a plane at the time of the accident.

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/07/382...cked-into-plane.html#ixzz1URkBhHyO



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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined exactly 8 years ago today! , 3546 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5597 times:
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Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 5):
As odd as it would seem, its true... into the engine, not the prop.

Even stranger then...

Must have been a small fella... Isn't there a shaft running out of the front of the engine to the gearbox?

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User currently offlineKingairTA From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 458 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5108 times:

Makes me wonder what the heck he was doing. The intake on a T-56 is tiny. I don't think I could dive the duct anymore.

User currently offlinekanban From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 3621 posts, RR: 27
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5097 times:
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is it possilble he contacted some moving/spinning part with loose clothing and became wrapped up in his work?

User currently offlineSinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1649 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5015 times:

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 6):
Even stranger then...

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.



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12158 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4916 times:

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 5):
An Air New Zealand spokeswoman said the engine was sitting on a stand without propellors attached and was not affixed to a plane at the time of the accident.

That agrees with what I see in the picture in the story below.

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 1):
It's true, a quick Google of 'man sucked into C-130' got many results, one of which was this:

http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-....html

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."


Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/07/382...cked-into-plane.html#ixzz1UZL3irqD

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 5):
Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/07/382...BhHyO

In any case this is a true tragidy, and may he RIP and his family and friends be comforted.


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