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Navy helicopter crashes off of carrier Abraham Lincoln, missing sailors

Posted: Mon Sep 06, 2021 12:14 pm
by BigBazza
Several missing sailors presumed died and injured on deck.

https://ksltv.com/472090/navy-declares- ... ter-crash/

Re: Navy helicopter crashes off of carrier Abraham Lincoln, missing sailors

Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2021 8:58 am
by pusserchef
RIP Sailors & Aircrew.....

Re: Navy helicopter crashes off of carrier Abraham Lincoln, missing sailors

Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2021 11:17 pm
by Tugger
Some preliminary information regarding the crash:

The crash remains under investigation and the Navy has released few details. One line on the 28th page of the Naval Safety Center’s mishap summary for September, first reported by Navy Times, says that when the Seahawk landed on aircraft carrier’s flight deck it began vibrating. That side-to-side movement caused the helicopter’s main rotor to strike the flight deck, which in turn led to the helicopter going over the side of the ship.

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/ne ... pter-rotor

The dead:
Lt. Bradley Foster, 29, from Oakhurst, Calif.
Lt. Paul Fridley, 28, from Annadale, Va.
Naval Air Crewman 2nd Class James Buriak, 31, from Salem, Va.
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sarah Burns, 31, from Severna Park, Md.
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Bailey Tucker, 21, from St. Louis, Mo.

R.I.P one and all.

Tugg

Re: Navy helicopter crashes off of carrier Abraham Lincoln, missing sailors

Posted: Tue May 10, 2022 3:15 am
by Avatar2go
Report released today. A damper hose on the helicopter rotor failed in flight, causing extreme vibration and loss of control. Hose was pinched at some point by a pry bar, which weakened the wire reinforcing strands. No fault of pilot or crew involved. The helicopter yawed violently back and forth until the rotor struck the deck.

https://defbrief.com/2022/05/04/damper- ... ion-finds/

Re: Navy helicopter crashes off of carrier Abraham Lincoln, missing sailors

Posted: Tue May 10, 2022 5:25 am
by LyleLanley
Wow, that’s a terrible way to go. There are no silver linings in a mishap like this, but I’m thankful the air wing (CVW-9) wasn’t embarked on her when this occurred, or the loss of life could’ve been much worse.

Re: Navy helicopter crashes off of carrier Abraham Lincoln, missing sailors

Posted: Tue May 10, 2022 3:17 pm
by Aaron747
What an awful mishap. RIP to the officers and enlisted persons cut way too short - may their memories be a blessing.

Re: Navy helicopter crashes off of carrier Abraham Lincoln, missing sailors

Posted: Tue May 10, 2022 4:32 pm
by SQ22
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Re: Navy helicopter crashes off of carrier Abraham Lincoln, missing sailors

Posted: Tue May 10, 2022 7:10 pm
by FlapOperator
LyleLanley wrote:
Wow, that’s a terrible way to go. There are no silver linings in a mishap like this, but I’m thankful the air wing (CVW-9) wasn’t embarked on her when this occurred, or the loss of life could’ve been much worse.


As they say, "Sailors die in bunches."

Sucks because it seems like a Engineering Order could have avoided this, but at the end of the day "aviation, like the sea, isn't dangerous as much as its inherently unforgiving."

Doubly so for our bros and sisters that mix the two.