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Re: engine troop sucked into the engine of a b-66/j75 engine
Yes, His name was Tim McLean and he was 19 years old at the time of his death. He was sucked into the left engine of tail number 491 of the EB66 I was assistant crewchief on. It happened on June 26th 1968. We had to change the engine and the plane crashed on landing (tower error some say) in late July of the same year. No mention that it may have been engine failure. They say the tower landed them off to the side of the runway during one of the monsoon downpours. Hope this helps. I think his Vietnam wall posting is on panel 54, you can google that. It was also my understanding that he had a daughter at home that he never got to see, she was born a few months after he left for Thailand. Not for sure though. The issue was run-up cages that began rolling onto the flightline the very next morning. The man killed, supposedly, had warned that something like that was going to happen due to noise fatigue and that he himself had sketched the cages, like the ones that rolled onto the flightline, and suggested their mfg. and use. Too late for him it seems. Again, that was a long time ago and I can't verify any of the personal information on Airman (perhaps and E4) McLean, or that he himself designed the cages.
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