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C-130 News: KC-130J experiences loss of pressurization


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MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – At approximately 11:20 A.M., on Aug. 15, a C-130J from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR- 352) departed Marine Corps Air Station Miramar with 46 passengers and experienced a loss of pressurization at 21,000 feet during a scheduled training mission. 

The air crew expertly executed appropriate procedures and safely landed at MCAS Miramar. 

 Four Marines and one Sailor from 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion based at Camp Pendleton, California, displayed symptoms of decompression sickness the following day and were treated at Naval Medical Center San Diego. The Marines and Sailor were treated and released, and did not require hospitalization.

 The cause of this incident is currently under investigation. 

 For additional information, please call the Public Affairs Office at 858-577-6000 or email us at [email protected]


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Five passengers from Marine C-130J flight display decompression sickness symptoms

Five passengers from a recent Marine Corps C-130J flight displayed symptoms of decompression sickness after the aircraft experienced a loss of pressurization at 21,000 feet, according to the service.

At approximately 11:20 a.m. On Aug. 15 a C-130J from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron-352 departed Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, CA, with 46 passengers and experienced pressurization loss during a scheduled training mission, according to the statement.

"The air crew expertly executed appropriate procedures and safely landed at MCAS Miramar," according to the service. "Four Marines and one Sailor from 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion based at Camp Pendleton, California, displayed systems of decompression sickness the following day and were treated at Naval Medical Center San Diego. The Marines and Sailor were treated and released, and did not require hospitalization."

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Source: https://insidedefense.com/insider/five-passengers-marine-c-130j-flight-display-decompression-sickness-symptoms

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Tanker grounded while Corps probes Tuesday aviation mishap

The Marine Corps on Friday announced the indefinite grounding of the tanker aircraft that mysteriously lost cabin pressure four days earlier, triggering an emergency landing and hospital care for five troops.

“We want to identify exactly what caused this mishap, to learn the lessons from it and ensure that we prevent future problems,” said Marine spokeswoman Capt. Morgan M. Frazer.

The pressure dip occurred around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday while the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules tanker was at 21,000 feet after taking off from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. It was flying toward Fort Carson, Colorado, to drop off 46 members of Camp Pendleton’s 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion for training, Frazer said.

The aviation crew of six “Raiders” from Miramar-based Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 immediately took the four-engine turboprop plane to 10,000 feet before returning to Miramar to make an emergency landing.

“The crew acted properly to safely deliver the passengers to the ground,” said Frazer.

The next day, four Marines and a sailor passenger began showing symptoms of decompression sickness and were treated and released by physicians at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Tuesday’s mishap came only four days after Marine Commandant Gen. Robert B. Neller ordered all squadrons to pause flights for 24-hour safety training. His call for crews to rehash the “fundamentals of safe flight operations” came in the wake of a slew of Marine aircraft accidents worldwide.

The Raiders’ stand down is slated for Monday at Miramar.

Three Marines died on Aug. 5 when an MV-22B Osprey assigned to the “Dragons” of the Japan-based Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 crashed in Australia’s Shoalwater Bay during a routine training exercise.

On July 10, a Hercules KC-130T aircraft crewed by the “Yankees” of the New York-based Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 45 crashed into a bean field in rural Mississippi. Fifteen Marines and a sailor died.

The next day at Marine Corps Air Station New River in North Carolina, lightning struck three mechanics, killing one, while they worked on an MV-22B Osprey. They were assigned to the “Raging Bulls” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261.

Source: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/military/sd-me-tanker-mishap-20170818-story.html

 

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