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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 146451
Last updated: 28 November 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic H47 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing CH-47D Chinook
Owner/operator:Australian Army Aviation Corps (AAAvn)/ISAF
Registration: A15-.103
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:Kandahar province -   Afghanistan
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
According to coalition forces officials, a NATO-led, Australian Army operated helicopter made an emergency landing in southern Afghanistan on Friday 22 June 2012 while providing combat support operations, injuring an Australian service member.
The CH-47D Chinook helicopter made an emergency landing at the Coalition Force Patrol Base in Kandahar province while the aircraft was transporting personnel and equipment.Damaged severely Afghanistan 22nd June 2012 during landing at FOB Sarkari Karez when attached to Rotary Wing Group 7 (RWG 7). Crew and passengers were slightly injured. “It was first thought that A15-103 had ‘gone down’, sustaining only minor damage. The aircraft had sustained significant torsional damage to the main cabin area; severe sudden stoppage of the rotor system, which compromised all transmissions and drive-line components; and major damage to all landing gear components and associated airframe structural areas. Additionally, the ramp area located at the rear of the aircraft had received a significant impact which severely weakened the airframe structure supporting the aft transmission and aft pylon area. The hidden structural damage proved worse than initially assessed, which immediately placed the recovery mission at risk. The options available were very clear cut at that stage; postpone the mission; cut away or remove the damaged structure; or find a means of supporting the failing structure. After much deliberation and hasty rudimentary calculations, the failing airframe structure was ‘tied’ back into the solid bulkheads located directly above the fracture line using heavy duty military cargo straps. The Recovery lift MI-26 Helicopter's rotor disc started to ‘cone’ under the weight and the slings began to stretch and with an unruly lurch skyward, A15-103 was on its way. It was an agonising 80 minutes before we received notification that A15-103 had returned safely to KAF. The relief was immense and the RAEME guys celebrated with the typical Aussie humility.”



A15-103 Down

Revision history:

23-Jun-2012 02:17 gerard57 Added
23-Jun-2012 06:16 bp Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
22-Jul-2012 10:25 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Narrative]
22-Jul-2012 10:28 TB Updated [Registration, Narrative]
13-Nov-2014 10:38 GordyP40E Updated [Registration, Narrative, Photo, ]

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