A rush to failure

We received the mission, gathered the necessary equipment, checked our weight and balance, conducted appropriate hover power and power performance checks, preflighted the aircraft and conducted our crew brief.

After the support effort was complete, we conducted forward arming and refueling point operations at another nearby FOB. We all want to get to the ground forces as quickly as possible. We rolled the throttle back to percent and got ready to depart.

Take the extra 10 or 15 seconds to get out of the LZ. Chalk 1 announced he was departing to the south, as before, and we acknowledged. Chalk 1 picked up and turned to the south. We started building airspeed and felt the aircraft shudder as we started to go through effective translational lift.

However, because of obstacles on the south end of the landing zone, we had to extend our landing to an unimproved area. Unable to see the ground to land and unable to climb, all we could do was hope for the best.

Both aircraft left the area and returned to the same FOB as before to refuel. We often assume that the aircraft will end up upright on level ground.

I pulled collective to attempt an instrument takeoff; however, we did not have enough power to climb. After landing, we rolled the throttle down to idle to conserve fuel. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Miller was the pilot in command and pulled collective to arrest our descent. As we transitioned from takeoff profile to landing, our rotor wash caused a dust cloud so thick we lost sight of all ground references brownout.

We then announced we were ready to depart. There is no reason to fly tight in Afghanistan with the limited power margins available. Put your equipment on your vest so that you can access it while your seat belt is on.

Due to the location of the Chinooks and the fueling points, we had to follow directly behind lead to depart. Think about every contingency and have a plan. A pair of Chinooks had parked on the east side of the LZ and shut down, awaiting a mission. One more thing, you should always have a plan for getting out of an inverted aircraft.

When we arrived at the FOB, the winds were light, just as advertised. We had been on the objective area for about two hours when it was time to refuel again.A system failure notification had gone off, but the contractors had dismissed it as a “reporting error,” meaning it hadn’t reflected a true mechanical breakdown.

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A rush to failure
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