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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 163448
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Time:c. 14:15
Type:Sikorsky MH-53E Super Stallion
Owner/operator:United States Navy (USN)
Registration: 163051
MSN: 65-539
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 18
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bahrain International Airport -   Bahrain
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Bahrain International Airport
Destination airport:US Navy Arabian Gulf-based ship
The helicopter crashed seconds after takeoff due to engine failure. One person was slightly injured per CNN, however, five people were injured. One had a broken back, one with leg injuries, another with back issue, and one with a dislocated shoulder. The cause of the crash was a borescope revealed a pinhole-size leak in the fuel pressure line to the number two engine, which caused a flameout. The pilots reacted to one of the crewmen who screamed "put it down, put it down" and dropped the collective, not allowing the collective bias to spool up the remaining two engines appropriately. Some of the fuel shut off valves, which are designed to shut off in a 10g crash, were found in the closed position, and the sponsons were partially detached, indicative of a 10g crash.


I was on this flight


Photo of 163051 courtesy

Bahrain - International / Muharraq (OBBI / EGYR / BAH)
9 March 2001; (c) Stephan de Bruijn

Revision history:

21-Jan-2014 20:17 gerard57 Added
21-Jan-2014 20:17 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
21-Mar-2014 20:20 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type]
25-Jun-2014 11:58 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Destination airport, Source]
01-Dec-2019 10:16 TB Updated [Time, Cn, Source, Damage, Narrative]
25-Mar-2022 07:47 Dogslife4me2003 Updated [Country, Source, Narrative]
25-Mar-2022 07:47 harro Updated [Country]

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