Hi, Looking for names on the crew of an AH-64 that made an emergency landing after it was determined they were on fire west of Marana AZ on 30 May 02. The Helo burned completely after the landing. The crew was not injured, they were stationed out of Ft. Carson CO. Thanks Brad
Hi, don't know the names of the crew involved but this is what I have regarding the incident:
Class: A Destroyed: Yes AH-64A # 86-8967 Unit: 4/3rd ACR, Ft Carson, CO
While in cruise flight at approximately 100 knots, 100 feet above ground level (AGL) in a six-aircraft staggered right formation, the pilot- in-command (PC) of Gun Two announced to the flight that he heard a strange noise in the aircraft and was going to land. Guns One and Four informed Gun Two that smoke was coming from their aircraft and that the aircraft was on fire. As a result, the PC of Gun Two landed the aircraft. The crew executed an emergency engine shutdown and performed the auxiliary power unit (APU) fire emergency procedure, employing at least one of the fire bottles into the APU compartment. Both crewmembers egressed the aircraft uninjured. The aircraft was destroyed by the fire.
I picked that helicopter up from Mesa in 1988 before returning to Ft. Hood for Apache training. She flew in the mission that started the Gulf War in 1991. I am proud she served her aircrews well and didn't take any friendly lives in her death. For an Alpha model she did her job and always completed her missions!!!!
Sgt. Michael Goike 1Bn/101 Aviaton Regt. Ft. Campbell, Ky, 42223