How a US sailor survived getting sucked into a jet engine during the Gulf War

USS Theodore Roosevelt’s flight deck during an underway replenishment.

During the Gulf War, a crewman aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt was pulled into an A-6E Intruder’s jet engine.
Such incidents are usually fatal, but the crewman’s gear and tools flew into the engine first.

It’s a freak accident, but it happens more than one might think. Aircraft workers, doing their job just as they’ve done every day, can suddenly get swept up into a jet engine intake.

In 2017, it happened to an Air India service engineer. A New Zealand aircraft engineer met the same fate in 2018.

It almost happened to a sailor during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. While preparing an A-6E Intruder for takeoff at night, 21-year-old flight deck crewman John Bridges found himself pulled into the aircraft’s jet engine intake.

Unlike so many others, he survived.

An A-6E Intruder launches from USS George Washington, July 22, 1996.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt was deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Storm on February 20, 1991.

Working the flight deck in the early morning hours was Bridges and Michael McDonald. At 3:41 a.m., they were completing a pre-takeoff check of an A-6E Intruder on a precision strike mission.

Bridges’ last check was making sure the aircraft was connected to the Roosevelt’s catapult for takeoff. He checked out where the launching mechanism was and moved to back away from the Intruder, he began to walk forward but didn’t make it very far.

Not only was Bridges lifted off the flight deck, the intake ripped off his float coat, goggles, helmet and tools. They went into the engine first, causing a large explosion that likely saved his life.

—U.S. Naval Institute (@NavalInstitute) February 20, 2020

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Source:: Businessinsider

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