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Canadian Sea King Crashes Of Denmark


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Another Sea King crashes (ditches I suppose)


link:News article




Did you hear the Armed Forces official give an explanation on the radio yesterday? He said it was dark(ok, shouldn't be a problem, right?) The pilot made one pass over the deck, but couldn't make a landing....then on his second pass he "somehow" ended up in the ocean. All crew rescued, thank god, but when asked by the reporter where the crew were............

get this:


"The pilot and crew were in the mess watching Trailerpark Boys, and having a well-deserved beer"



Not sure what the 'official' cause of the crash is tho.....but its good to know that our navy boys are being well taken care of......having such great cultural content to keep them sophisticated and calm. :shock:

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Glad to hear all are safe , would be interesting to see how many of the 23 helicopters that have been lost over the years were due to mechanical failures. Did the US H-3 fleet have the same attrition rate ?.



Here is picture. Note MRB coiled around swashplate.



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An approach to a DDH / FFH goes sort of like this.


Aircraft is maneouvered to a postion on the windward side of the flight deck about even with the landing spot. Gear is UP at this point 'cause if you lose a stove, you are going into the drink at about the speed the ship is doing as you are essentially flying form with it. Engine failure at NIGHT below SSES does not have a flyaway escape. It will simply be: level the wings flare slightly and cushion the landing. There simply is NO HORIZON to fly away on; doing it IMC will not work on the Sea Bus. Having wheels down in that case is not good.


When cleared to land by the LSO (SIGNAL CHARLIE) you drop the gear. Once you have two green you slide latertally over the flight deck to complete the landing of your choice (freedeck, hauldown, portable bell-mouth, etc).


Why? Doing it this way limits the time you have to spend with no viable landing surface (water beside the ship, or the flight deck). Losing a stove halfway in between is the nightmare scenario! The one where you try to hit the moving deck going sideways (rollover) or try to move away from the BO-AT and get caught in the nets or roll over the side clawing your way down the hull into the oggy. Both are 'bad news'. The movement to the right or left to get over the deck is done 'smartly' and is more agressive than you might think.


Suffice to say that the arrival in the ocean was a big surprise to all on board. The last SK to ditch at night with no warning had a 75% fatality rate. Underwater eascape training is worth every penny!

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Also note the flot-bag in the port sponson seems not to have deployed.


Not having been in the machine at the time of the dunk; it is not surprising that the floats were not deployed. Electrically actuated by a button on the centre radio console that is hard enough to find when not submerged in the dark. I doubt anybody even thought about it. See Item 12 below.


It would have to be:


1. Located

2. Armed

3. Actuated

4.. . . . I'm running out of air!!!!!!


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