December ended with one additional Class A rate producing mishap, the loss of a B-1 over the Indian Ocean in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Kudos go to the safety team deployed in support of the operations there to include the US Navy for their quick response in providing nighttime search and rescue for the aircrew, as well as on-going impact area location and security surveillance.
This mishap is a reminder that accidents will continue to occur in war as in peace. An added vigilance is needed to ensure that combat assets and personnel are not lost in preventable mishaps in high tempo situations. The impact may be more than the loss of a single aircraft if the mission cannot be achieved!
With colder temperatures now upon us, this is a good time to remind units that most events have occurred during the colder seasons. Mishap situations involve everything from blown domes on CAP-9s to workers falling during explosives operations. Now is the time to increase emphasis on monitoring operations. Things have been relatively quiet. Let's strive to maintain low mishap numbers.
CLASS A MISHAPS
The six Class A mishaps during FY02 all have been fatalities.
There was one on-duty industrial mishap in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
There were three fourwheel motor vehicle mishaps of which two were not wearing seat belts (67 percent) and one (33 percent) had alcohol involvement.
There were two motorcycle mishaps. Both mishaps involved high speed and loss of control. Personal protection equipment was used in both of these mishaps.
CLASS B MISHAPS
There were two Class B mishaps. One involved an explosion of a propane/air mixing plant. The other involved civil engineer operations in the area of responsibility where a worker was struck by a large pipe and lost a foot. Both are presently under investigation.
Aircraft As of January 1, 2002 8 AF + + (*) 9 AF ^ 12 AF # AWFC @ (*) @ (*) ANG (ACC-gained) AFRC (ACC-gained) Aircrew Fatalities (*)Non-rate Producing (+)B-1 (^)HH-60 (@)QF-4 (#)F-16 (##)Fatality Ground As of January 9, 2002 Class A FY02 Class A Injury or Class B Class C Fatality Equip. 8 AF ## ## 0 1 38 9 AF # 0 1 26 12 AF ## ## 0 0 49 DRU # 0 0 4 (*)Non-rate Producing (+)B-1 (^)HH-60 (@)QF-4 (#)F-16 (##)Fatality Weapons As of January 1, 2002 Class A Class B Class C Fatalities 8 AF 0 0 0 0 9 AF 0 0 0 0 12 AF 0 0 0 0 AWFC 0 1 1 0 ACC Totals 0 1 1 0 Class A - Fatality; Permanent Total Disability; Property Damage $1,000,000 or more Class B - Permanent Partial Disability; Property Damage between $200,000 and $1,000,000 Class C - Lost Workday; Property Damage between $20,000 and $200,000
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