Sea Knight fire

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  1. Good job they had only just lifted off - imagine that happening a few hundred feet in the air!
     
  2. I am glad I am not doing their laundry...
     
  3. Ok,so who was smoking during take off?
     
  4. This appears later on in the comments about the fire:
    "This happened in Sept of 1998 aboard the
    "Bonhomer Richard", pronounced with a
    french dialect. My squadron was HMM-164 and I was
    a CH-46 Helo Mech. We were supporting Operation
    Urban Warrior off the Monterey coast in
    California. This bird was taking media crews back
    and forth from land to the carrier all day and at
    this moment they were leaving to go back to shore.
    I was in the chow hall aboard the Bonhomer
    "Dick" when this happened. CH-46
    crewchief Sgt. Beyers received smoke inhalation
    while saving these people and was treated at the
    scene. For his actions "under fire", no
    pun intended, he received a Certificate of
    comendation and a "NAM". After
    investigating, it was found that a pinhole in one
    of the aft transmission lines was
    atomizing(spraying) fluid and the spray was being
    sucked into the aft generator and this caused the
    fire. Transmission fluid is not flammable in large
    quantities but when atomized it is very flammable.
    The aft portion of this bird was completely
    destroyed and had to be removed and replaced.
    After 9 months of rebuilding this bird was put
    back into the fleet and renumbered. Before the
    fire it was #07 and after we got it back it was
    #15.
    Cpl Petree USMC 97-02 "
     
  5. chieftiff

    chieftiff War Hero Moderator

    I think the cameraman may have been a retard! He seems to be more interested in filming the fire as a scoop than he does getting out! And then it hits him, he just runs into everyone.

    Good to see everyone got out OK, one for the grandchildren.
     
  6. Thats my Boy! Good press cameraman/photographer carries on no matter what.
     

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