Thursday, January 06, 2011

Recovered, Repaired and Returned to Service.

A wrecked Sikorsky HH-60H Seahawk rests in the sand after it collides with another U.S. Naval helicopter during night operations in Balad, Iraq, October 2008. (Photo courtesy of Ed Galluccio)
In October 2008, an aircraft inspector evaluates a wrecked Sikorsky HH-60H Seahawk damaged during a mishap in Balad, Iraq. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast artisans completed repairs in December 2010 and returned the aircraft to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 84 in early January. (Photo courtesy of Ed Galluccio)
The Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 84 aircrew taxis down the flight line at Naval Air Station Jacksonville for a functional check flight Jan. 4. In October 2008, another Seahawk struck the aircraft, both with rotors turning, during night operations in Iraq causing extensive damage to the helicopter. Both aircraft were airlifted to Fleet Readiness Center Southeast: one to be repaired, the other to be used for parts. FRCSE artisans were able to repair both and return them to service. (U.S. Navy photo by Marsha Childs/Released)
A Seahawk hovers for 30 minutes above the Naval Air Station Jacksonville runway during an acceptance flight piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Murphy and co-piloted by Lt. Gabe Yancey of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 84, Jan. 4. Fleet Readiness Center Southeast artisans repaired two helicopters involved in a Class “A” mishap in Iraq October 2008. (U.S. Navy photo by Marsha Childs/Released)

via NavAir...
The Class “A” mishap occurred when the main rotor of a mobile Seahawk clipped the tail pylon of a second stationary helicopter during night operations that injured Iraqi and U.S. personnel and caused more than $1 million damage to each aircraft.

The stationary aircraft sustained extensive tail pylon damage requiring a total replacement of the tail pylon and accessories, a repair that depot-level maintainers could handle.

The taxiing aircraft landed on its right side sustaining excessive damage. The right-hand landing gear and associated support structure either snapped off or collapsed into the lower fuselage. Also damaged were the aft weapons pylon and the horizontal stabilizer.

Based on an initial visual assessment, it seemed likely the aircraft was destined for the Stricken Aircraft Reclamation and Disposal Program (SARDIP) and stripped of valuable components with the remainder sold for scrap metal...(it didn't happen that way...follow the link for the whole story!)
An amazing job was done by the guys at the Fleet Readiness Center.  Well Done!

1 comment :

  1. Low and slow means more likely repairable. You'd be surprised at how many helos 'lost' in Vietnam were recovered, repaired, and reentered service. I'll also try to post a photo of a buddy's Pave Low later that had an 'incident' just after Desert Storm but still in the sandbox. I watched the accident classification of "Moccasin 2" change from a Class A, to a Class B, to a Class C over the years...'somehow'. I suspect it was a side effect of the Pilot Protection System.


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