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Old 03-19-2005, 06:07 PM
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Default This is definitely an "oops!"

Ouch!

http://www.curtisnjrotc.com/helovide...helicopter.wmv

EDIT: I found the following after I posted this. Please don't watch if it will affect you knowing this. Wiley, you can delete this post.


"We were out there when that one happened. I think that was the Coronado? They lost like nine Marines in that one if memory serves. What a mess. They were all wearing battle gear and no floatation like passengers normally would. I think it was some sort of LIRP Marine extraction drill or something.

There was a LOT of stink over that one too, because the video made it on the Internet and then to the crews family, before the next of kin were even notified."
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Default RE: This is definitely an "oops!"

Man...that makes yer stomach knot up...poor guys.

Reminds me of the 130 pilot who belly-flopped during a LAPES in front of the bleachers,
during a demonstration on Sicily DZ years ago.

My brother and a good friend had just moved away from the area where the plane finally erupted into a fireball...

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Default RE: This is definitely an "oops!"

That really sucks knowin guys died there..

I wonder what the story was there? Judging by all the other helos in the air, I am guessing training ops...

I also noticed something while looking at the video, it is clearly evident the pilot was coming in WAY too fast and obviously not steep enough based on what happened with his undershot. I hate to say this knwing guys died, but it kind of reinforces the point that the military does NOT like wahoo maverick pilots and we train train train so we get it right. They want guys that are by the book, steady and get it right each and every time especially when it matters..

God bless..
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While in the Corps I seen the same scenero as the first post except there were 13 Marines on board and they were in less than 20 feet of water off the coast of Okinawa. It sure wan't fun doing the recovery of that CH56...I also witnessed a Harrier blow a huge hole in the flight deck when it did a belly flop from about a 1000'. Luckily the only one killed was the pilot...apparently he tried to go horizontally from vertically to quickly and the plane just dropped...What a mess!!!

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I can't imagine where the flight deck LSE or LSO's head was on this landing?????? Definately that 46 is coming in way too hot and way too low to make that landing Damn what a SHAME.
I was a flight deck LSE (Landing signalman enlisted )aboard the USS GUADALCANAL LPH-7 in the mid eighties. We lost 19 Marines one morning off of Morehead City during war games pre-deployment to the Med. We Launched a 46 (like in this clip) full of marines and the pilot thought the co-pilot was flying the bird and the co-pilot thought the pilot was flying the bird . Actually no one was as they were both changing radios over from Flight deck control to HDC (Helicopter Direction Control) . It was about 04:00 and pitch black dark and with nobody holding the collective it went into the drink just after the LSE released them. The collective controls the pitch of the blades and hence the altitude.
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Reelwork , You are exactly right . I always enjoyed working with the pilots that "Flew by the Book" and respected the people on deck. The flight deck was dangerous enough without some guy having to prove what a hot stick he was.

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