Helicopter releases cargo for safety
Release number: 06-027
December 14, 2006
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP S.D. BUTLER, OKINAWA, Japan - Around 4:15 pm today a U.S. Marine CH-53E helicopter released the cargo they were transporting into the water off the coast near Torii Station for safety reasons.
The helicopter was transporting a vehicle to an offshore location for training purposes. The vehicle was emptied of both gas and oil prior to transportation. The route was planned over water to avoid any populated areas.
The vehicle was suspended externally from the helicopter at the time of the incident from a cable known as a dual point pendant. The helicopter hit turbulence and the load had to be released to ensure the safety of the crew and aircraft. No one was injured and there was no damage to the helicopter.