During my era, forgive me for keeping on repeating 'my era', we had never heard of such occurrences. If they actually happened, we should know because such incidences should be reported in 'SOR' (Special Occurrence Report). Depending on the severity of the incident, these SORs would be published in the 'Flight Safety' magazines. But then, those days all the servicing were done by our own technicians, either within the base or AIROD before its privatisation in 1985. Something must be terribly wrong with the servicing if the doors keep on falling from the sky. It makes me wonder on the standard of maintenance, be it performed either at 1st or 2nd Line, nowadays!
I was also told that the hoist is now electrically operated instead of being powered by hydraulic system. Well and good for keeping abreast with the new technology. However, the problem faced by the crewman is that after winching about 10 feet, the hoist stops since the motor becomes over heated; 'motor hot' caution light illuminates. You don't have to be an aeronautical engineer to analyse why...the hoist's drum and electric motor are located so close to the exhaust (see pic). I shudder to imagine what would happen if the Nuri aircrew were to operate like what we used to operate during the counter insurgency warfare those days. Winching was the role of the day...hovering at 200 feet over the jungle in hostile environment with the hoist stopping at every 10 feet...A real shooting duck!
Fortunately, those adventurous days were over. Nowadays, winching is more for SAR role only and most of the time over the sea. So, Nuri Captains...hover less than 10 feet over the sea to counter this effect...He...He...He.
Top Management Of RMAF...Why not once in a while listen to what the people on the ground have to say. Remember, they are the ones who are flying the helicopters and will have to face the consequences of your decisions. I hope appropriate actions would be taken to ensure incidents, such as the falling cargo doors, would not happen again.As for the effort to 'improve' the quality of the proven systems...Your intentions may be good, but the end result....? Think about it. Enough said......
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Nuri Cargo Door
Monday, 5 July 2010 6:35:29
From: nor ibrahim sulaiman
To: PTU firstname.lastname@example.org; PTU email@example.com; Tan Sri Azizan firstname.lastname@example.org
Cc: Latip IG email@example.com; Maj Kamarul RMAF RMAF firstname.lastname@example.org; Dato' Zahid Hamidi email@example.com; Hamzah Hussin MoD firstname.lastname@example.org
NOR IBRAHIM BIN SULAIMAN
Expecting reactions? What a joke ...He...He...He.