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Aircrew safety award of distinction. (Monthly Award Winners).

On Jan. 31, 2002, an HC-130P departed Moody AFB, Ga., on a local tactical sortie. Immediately after takeoff, the right main landing gear indicator remained in the down and locked position. The crew waited 18 seconds, the approximate gear transit time given by the Dash-1, before entering a holding pattern at 2,000 feet. While holding, the loadmaster and flight engineer visually inspected the landing gear and confirmed that the forward right main gear was in the down and locked position while the aft right main gear had partially retracted. While troubleshooting the problem, the crew was unable to correct the split condition in the right main gear. The copilot radioed the situation to the operations superintendent on duty and asked him to call a Lockheed technical advisor for further assistance. The crew reviewed the Dash-1 in preparation for the applicable emergency procedures. They first tried to free-fall the aft right main gear by disengaging the gear drive. They then unsuccessfully tried to manually hand- crank the gear down. As the engineer and copilot discussed options, the navigator again attempted to hand-crank the gear down. This time, the gear began moving toward the down position and was eventually lowered. The flight engineer visually confirmed the right main gear down and locked but also noticed scraping and rub marks on the aft right main strut. The pilot, copilot, and engineer all agreed to restrain the aft right main gear with a restraining collar as a precautionary step. The pilot and navigator coordinated with air traffic control for permission to dump fuel to reduce weight. The pilot then set up for a straight-in approach to the runway at Moody and executed an uneventful landing. By precisely following technical order guidance and the expertise of outside resources, the crew were able to return their aircraft home with minimal damage and no injuries.
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Publication:Combat Edge
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2002
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