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fxramper
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9 Americans Killed In Afghan Chopper Crash.

Tue Sep 21, 2010 3:27 pm

The AP showed a picture of a Blackhawk, but the article didn't state what type. Is dust really an issue with maintenance upkeep? Prayers to the families of the nine departed.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/09...vice-members-killed-chopper-crash/
 
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RE: 9 Americans Killed In Afghan Chopper Crash.

Sat Sep 25, 2010 3:00 am

It was indeed a UH-60. From B company 4-101. I actually served in that battalion in the past.

RIP

CW2 Jonah D. McClellan [P]
CW3 Matthew G. Wagstaff [PC]
SSG Joshua D. Powell [CE]
SGT Marvin R. Calhoun Jr [G]
MAJ Robert F. Baldwin
LT Brendan J. Looney (USN SEAL)
SCPO D. Blake McLendon (USN)
PO2 Adam O. Smith (USN SEAL)
PO3 Denis C. Miranda (USN SEAL)

Particularly sad, since their sister company (C 4-101) lost an aircraft and a few soldiers, a few months ago. It was, I believe, the first M model to be written off.
Your men have to follow your orders. They don't have to go to your funeral.
 
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RE: 9 Americans Killed In Afghan Chopper Crash.

Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:31 am

Sad to hear this. May they RIP.

Quoting fxramper (Thread starter):
Is dust really an issue with maintenance upkeep?

Sand and dust is a problem when operating in and near dessert areas and increased maintenance is often required because of this. Sand and dust can clog vents and filters, causing equipment to over heat. It easily sticks onto greasy areas and can also cause erosion on rotating parts. All this may cause jamming or mechanical failures.

IMO, its a rare event that sand or dust leads to accidents this severe. I think its wise to wait for an official report determining the cause of the event.
 
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RE: 9 Americans Killed In Afghan Chopper Crash.

Sat Sep 25, 2010 4:00 pm

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