04/12/2020

MQ-8C Mishap

Second Navy Fire Scout Mishap at California Base – link

Source: UAS Vision

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  • A MQ-8C was damaged in a ground mishap Nov. 16, the second major mishap involving the Fire Scout this month
  • The drone was damaged during testing of a lithium ion battery that involved taking the aircraft idling at Maryland’s Webster Field, according to Naval Air Systems Command officials
  • At one point, the drone was commanded to shut down via maintenance laptop, and the rotor “tipped to the forward right side of the (Fire Scout) far enough to contact the ground,” according to NAVAIR spokesperson
  • As the Navy investigates the mishap, it has paused all ground rotor turns for the MQ-8C fleet
  • That Class A mishap, a designation for accidents involving at least $2.5 million in damages, follows another Fire Scout incident on Nov. 10 where a Fire Scout operated by Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 crashed alongside a runway at Naval Base Ventura County-Point Mugu, California
  • The Fire Scout had reached its recovery perch, a hovering position for such an aircraft as it approaches a landing area, when it crashed for reasons that remain under investigation
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