One of two CH-46 aircraft that got to close, and blades were hit. 1971 Marble Mountain
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I was on this bird flying skins. The Navy 46 was backing up and just when it was apparent he was too close the tower had clicked to warn them when they set the nose down and intermeshed the rear blades of both aircraft. We both went into ground resonance. There was an inquiry board and I believe they placed the blame on the crews for not warning the pilots, we were supposed to watch the rear of the aircrafts. I also recall we were carrying a pallet of human blood and were waiting for a passenger at the time. -Submitted by: Doug Kenyon [firstname.lastname@example.org] 2010-08-26
The way I remember this incident... I was the Line Chief for HMM-161 in 1970. I was standing in front of the line shack at MMAF, watching our aircraft at the Trans Shipment building, across the runway, take on a tare in support of a mission. I was also watching a Navy 46 taxiing from the H&MS area after it had been repaired. The Navy 46 was wedging its way between the covered concrete revetment and the turning HMM 161 bird, he misjudged and the forward rotors meshed. The rotors appeared to barley touch.The front of both aircraft seemed to jump about 3ft a couple of times and move apart, aircraft parts went straight up in the air and Cpl Mariam, the Crew Chief, came out the crew door before the rotors had stopped. I don't remember the pilots getting out. I do not remember any injuries attributable to this accident. It was not combat damage as a couple other phots have indicated. We knew it was a Navy aircraft because it was a different color and later learned that it had been at H&MS for repair. This happened not to long before HMM 161 stood down. I beleive this picture was taken at the Trans Shipment area because of the little pallet trailer in the foreground. If that is the case, the Navy 46 can just be seen over the sync shaft cover. -Submitted by: Doug Kirby Gysgt USMC Ret [email@example.com] 2009-04-07
The USMC 46 was from 161 and was over at the H&MS hangar for some work. Navy pilot from unknown ship back taxied his bird into the 161 aircraft. -Submitted by: Bob Quinter [firstname.lastname@example.org] 2007-05-09