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310557ZMAR08 TF DESTINY Reports Major SAFIRE (A/C Hit, SAF) IVO FOB Baylough
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WHO: BOBO 43/30 (CH-47) (AQUA RING) WHEN: 310557ZMAR08 WHERE: 42S UB 02656 05005 (400 AGL, HDG 340, SPD 90) WHAT: At 310555ZMAR08, while enroute to Baylough, BOBO 43 was engaged from their right front IVO 42S UB 02656 05005, 12.4km southeast of Baylough HLZ, Deh Chopan District, Zabul Province. Based off audible identification, there were approximately 10 x rounds fired at the aircraft over an estimated 15-second span and 3 x distinct hits were heard. None of the aircraft were able to PID a POO, so the aircraft continued to Baylough HLZ as no crew members were injured and flight instruments were normal. BOBO 43 were on approach to Baylough HLZ when controls locked up due to duel hydraulic failure while at approximately 30 AGL. BOBO 43 was forced to conduct a hard landing on Baylough HLZ. Upon inspection of the aircraft, 3 x impact locations were noted and the number one hydraulic system dumped all of its fluid. The AMC reported the incident to EAGLE ASSAULT TOC, and BOBO received a one time flight approval from EAGLE ASSAULT 6 and went wheels up from Baylough HLZ at 1036Z, arriving at Qalat at 1057Z. BOBO 30 was told to shutdown at QLT while DEALER 40 escorted 2 x UH-60s (DART package) with DEALER 37 from the ISAF Commander flight. At 0734Z, Dart package was W/U from KAF and arrived at QLT at 0809Z. DART package was W/U from QLT at 0825Z arriving at Baylough 0953Z. BOBO 43 conducted additional maintenance at QLT, departing at 1332Z as a flight of four (BOBO 43, DART). Aircraft were wheels down at KAF EOM 1410Z. TF EAGLE ASSAULT COMMENT: This SAFIRE is assessed as a TOO. Based off of the hit locations it is likely that the A/C overflew the POO, explaining why no POO was observed by the flight. There have been no SAFIREs within 10NM in the last 30 days. UPDATE: The hydraulic failure was not due to SAF but an internal load that shifted and rubbed on hydraulic line causing the precautionary landing. TF DESTINY COMMENT: The last SAFIRE was a Minor SAFIRE (SAF) 68.84km south (42R TA 9153 3656) on 29 MAR 08. This engagement is assessed as a target of opportunity Major SAFIRE (SAF) Hit.