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Sailor Sucked Into An A6 Engine  
User currently offlineA5XX From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 245 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 8 months 10 hours ago) and read 19059 times:

Hello guys;

I remember seeing on tv a sailor being sucked into an A6 engine on board an aircraft carrier. Can anyone providem me with a link to this video?

Thanks.


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User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3768 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 19021 times:

I have this video!

I'll try and upload it for you!

Rob!


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 19055 times:

This the one?

http://www.aviationexplorer.com/a6_engine_ingestion.htm


User currently offlineTockeyhockey From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 952 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 18954 times:

that is awesome! the best part is that he lived to tell about it. amazing.

after seeing a documentary on the making of the ge-90 and watching it turn frozen chickens into scalopini, i am amazed that this guy survived.


User currently offlineA5XX From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 245 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 18899 times:

Thanks guys!

One more question. Were having a discussions at work, and most of the guy think the guy passed through the engine, and exited at the rear. It's impossible.

I'm sure he was pulled out of the engine inlet side, not the exhaust side. What do you think?



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User currently offlineQQFLYER28 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 18853 times:

From the video it looks like he got sucked all the way through, but I would agree, that would have to be very close to impossible. WHat are the odds of the crewman missing all of the turbine blades? Either way I hope he played the lottery at the next port, since he was one lucky guy.

User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 18834 times:

I saw this video before but never the complete version. Unbelievable that he survived.  Wow! I guess he was stuck into the bypass duct and that the engine core crushed swallowing parts breaking away from the first stage...


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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 18827 times:

Quoting A5XX (Reply 4):
I'm sure he was pulled out of the engine inlet side, not the exhaust side. What do you think?

By virtue of the fact that he's pictured intact in the video, and not sliced and diced from the engine, I'd say your assessment that he came back out the inlet side is a correct one...  Wink


User currently offlineSBN580 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 401 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 18784 times:

There was a metal grate covering the engine intake as I believe they were just doing an engine run. That's how he survived. A lot of his gear got sucked on through the other side. I saw this video first when I worked at NASA Dryden. Working around F-18s and 16s, like they do everyday at Dryden, you need to know where to step and where not to step!

Strange, but true and downright scary tales of the flightline and carrier deck in the US Navy can be read at: http://www.safetycenter.navy.mil/media/approach/default.htm. Or by getting a copy. Scariest thing I ever saw in that mag was a small piece of metal protruding from the white of an eyeball! Yeeesh!



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User currently offlineA5XX From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 245 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 18776 times:

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 7):




Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 7):
Quoting A5XX (Reply 4):
I'm sure he was pulled out of the engine inlet side, not the exhaust side. What do you think?

By virtue of the fact that he's pictured intact in the video, and not sliced and diced from the engine, I'd say your assessment that he came back out the inlet side is a correct one...

Thanks!  bouncy 

I just made $100.00

 biggrin 



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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2124 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 18766 times:

Guys, it is impossible to pass thru a jet turbine in one piece. And there was no mesh grate over the engine inlet, and it wasn't just an engine run.

The A-6 was getting ready to cat, the guy got sucked into the engine inlet, his flightsuit caught on a pitot tube in the inlet. Parts of his gear and/or stuff in his pockets got sucked into the engine and FOD'ed it, which explains the fireworks coming out of the exhaust.

Yes, a VERY lucky guy. But noone is lucky enough to go thru an engine. If you've ever seen the design of the internal parts of the engine and how it works, you'd understand.



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29840 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 7 hours ago) and read 18717 times:

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 10):
The A-6 was getting ready to cat, the guy got sucked into the engine inlet, his flightsuit caught on a pitot tube in the inlet. Parts of his gear and/or stuff in his pockets got sucked into the engine and FOD'ed it, which explains the fireworks coming out of the exhaust.

There is a longer version of the video where you see him sliding out the inlet after the engines shuts down.

I think what actually killed the engine was the fact that when he got stuck on that EPR pitot he blocked the airflow to the engine which caused a compressor stall, plus he was breaking navy rules and had some stuff in his pockets that went into the engine, plus I think I remember his cranial got sucked off and that is what finally killed the engine.

All of which contributed to the light show in back.



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User currently offlineWrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 6 hours ago) and read 18694 times:

This was shown for years at Flight Safety briefs in the Military.
As HaveBlue said the A/C was being positioned to Cat, a trainee was hooking up the link, his supervisor went in to check the hookup and got ingested. His Floater vest got hooked up on the T1/P2 probe, that saved his life. His Cranial and ear defenders came off thats what blew the engine. In the long video you can see about 6 guys standing around trying to figure out what FOD'ed the engine and the guy wriggles out of the intake and drops at their feet.

WrenchBender



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User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 3 hours ago) and read 18627 times:

He was lucky to not have any lung damage from low pressure in the inlet. A crewshief at Springfield got sucked into a Phantom inlet in the mid-eighties. He had a lot of the capillaries in his lungs burst from the pressure drop.

I knew a pilot that set the aircraft forms in the inlet of an RF-101 while he did his walkaround. He didn't remember they were there until he was at cruise altitude on the way home. Upon shutdown, the whole book of forms were flat against the compressor face. No damage done to the engine.
Gary
Cottage Grove, MN



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User currently offlineTnsaf From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 123 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 1 hour ago) and read 18603 times:

Earlier in its career with the Canadian Forces a civilian refueler got sucked into an F-18 inlet and did not survive. He was actually behind the inlet and the engine was at fairly low power, showing the suction on these engines.


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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 8 months 1 hour ago) and read 18598 times:

Quoting CURLYHEADBOY (Reply 6):
Unbelievable that he survived

I agree! I nearly hit the floor when the video's narrator said that he survived.  crazy   eyepopping 


User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7438 posts, RR: 50
Reply 16, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 18312 times:
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Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 10):
The A-6 was getting ready to cat, the guy got sucked into the engine inlet, his flightsuit caught on a pitot tube in the inlet. Parts of his gear and/or stuff in his pockets got sucked into the engine and FOD'ed it, which explains the fireworks coming out of the exhaust.

That was on the Roosevelt during the 93 med cruise. I know who the guy was. I was manned-up at deck-edge for the arresting gear as a trainee, waiting for the first recovery. In this incident, that was a chief petty officer in the Safety department. What he was doing was taking a closer look at the hold-back arrestor, when the Topside PO gave the pilot the signal to power up. He should not of done that. He should've fouled the deck. But he walks in to the suction of bird powered up. Because of that, the launch and recovery was suspended, the birds that were flying were sent to the beach, and a safety standown was conducted over 4 days, in which that chief had to go on the closed-circuit TV and preach about how not to be a bonehead. I remember watching the video. You can see a clip of it at the end of the video link.



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User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 18308 times:

I love the way he fell like a ragdoll when he came out.

User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 18290 times:

Quoting Jetjack74 (Reply 16):
In this incident, that was a chief petty officer in the Safety department. What he was doing was taking a closer look at the hold-back arrestor, when the Topside PO gave the pilot the signal to power up. He should not of done that. He should've fouled the deck. But he walks in to the suction of bird powered up.

Who was the "bonehead"? The CPO from the Safety dept or the Topside PO?


User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7438 posts, RR: 50
Reply 19, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 18266 times:
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the Safety Chief. The Topside PO didn't see him. That's why the Chief had to appear on TRTV for the Safety Brief. He ended up getting out with a few blemishes on his record. He was held responsible for FOD-ing out the A6, He was saved by the his cranial, he could've been ingested into the engine.


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User currently offlineSonic67 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 18215 times:

I don't belive he exited the
[quote=L-188,reply=11]There is a longer version of the video where you see him sliding out the inlet after the engines shuts down.

I agree with HaveBlue he must have got wedged in the inlet. He's lucky it wasn't a Tomcat or he would have been made into hamburger meat.

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User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 18199 times:

Quoting Sonic67 (Reply 20):
I agree with HaveBlue he must have got wedged in the inlet. He's lucky it wasn't a Tomcat or he would have been made into hamburger meat.

The engines on the Tomcat, both the TF-30 and F110, have fixed inlet guide vanes. So it is possible to get sucked in and only lose an arm or a leg. Not that it's any consolation.


User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 18184 times:

Some of you have a link to the complete video?


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User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7438 posts, RR: 50
Reply 23, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 18183 times:
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Quoting Sonic67 (Reply 20):
I don't belive he exited the

Well yes, he fell from the intake after in fodded out.



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User currently offlineSonic67 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 18168 times:

Quoting LMP737 (Reply 21):
The engines on the Tomcat, both the TF-30 and F110, have fixed inlet guide vanes. So it is possible to get sucked in and only lose an arm or a leg. Not that it's any consolation.

LMP737 I didn't know that. I just assumed that it was feasible because the intakes are large. Your right any kind incident of that kind is major.

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25 Dash8tech : The A-6 has fixed guide vanes too. I worked on them in VA-196, 92-97, USS Carl Vinson. It was my understanding from this incident that he got wedged b
26 Post contains images DeltaGuy : Ahhh, the good ol Chuckie V The intake I'd be most afraid of on deck would have been the A-7...beautiful plane, but sure is deadly on the cat. You'd w
27 IntruderPC : I served 2 1/2 years in A6 Intruders during the VietNam era. From the video the CPO who went in to check the cat hookup, violated two prime flight dec
28 AirEMS : Just a fun little fact on this video he named his son Jet who was born not too long after the incident Fly Safe - Carl
29 747400sp : He should really praise god that he is alive!
30 KennyK : I heard of a fatal accident where a guy was sucked into a BAe 146 engine and they are not that big an engine, but big enough.
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