This situation can be more of a problem for a CH-46
than your average single-rotor helo.
Requiring about 60 percent more space than the CH-46
and with no vertical replenishment capability, the Osprey initially appeared to present more problems than solutions.
Four Marine CH-46
helicopters were flying to Baguio city, which along with nearby provinces was devastated by storm-triggered mudslides that have blocked three key access roads to the area, isolating the upland region.
The aircraft was easier to maintain than the CH-46
helicopters it replaced.
Zach Versteegh, both assigned to HMM-265, perform maintenance checks on a CH-46
Sea Knight helicopter in the hangar bay of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2).
3, 2006, at Haditha Dam, Iraq, Air Force Office of Special Investigations Special Agent Jim Collins witnessed a Marine CH-46
Sea Knight crash into the chilling, 50-degree, 300' deep, cholera-filled water of Lake Quadisiya.
Opponents have often cited the relative ease of replacing the CH-46
with a newer helicopter.
The Marine CH-46
helicopter went down northwest of Baghdad, killing all seven people on board,.
The most recent crash occurred Wednesday when a CH-46
Sea Knight went down north-west of Baghdad, killing seven people.
Manuel Ruiz, of Federalsburg, was two weeks into his second tour of duty when the CH-46
Sea Knight helicopter he was riding in crashed, killing six other persons onboard.
A senior US defence official said the CH-46
helicopter did not appear to have been hit by hostile fire, although an Iraqi air force officer said it was downed by an anti-aircraft missile and an al Qaida-linked Sunni group claimed responsibility for the crash.
Aircraft: Launch or land two CH53E Super Stallion helicopters or two MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft or up to four CH-46
Sea Knight helicopters, AH-1 or UH-1 helicopters.