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Navy Man Sucked into Jet Engine — and Survives! Watch Now!

Desert Storm, February 20th, 1991. A trainee on the flight deck has been asked to check a launching mechanism on an A63 Intruder.

Trainee inspects A6E Intruder

Trainee inspects A6E Intruder

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He finishes his check and begins to move away when 21 year old John Bridget approaches.

John Bridget approaches

John Bridget approaches

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But with the engines already at full throttle, he has made a grave mistake. He is sucked into the powerful jet engine but amazingly survives. Daniel P. Streckfuss, who was on board, describes how Bridget escaped death:

What allowed him to survive was the design of the A-6 engine (the J-52). It has a long protruding ‘bullet’ or cone that extends in front of the first stage fans. When he was sucked in, his arm extended above his head which caused his body to wedge between the bullet and inside wall of the intake. Lucky for him, his cranial and float coat were sucked in first causing the FOD’d engine which prompted the pilot to cut the throttle (commanded by the Shooter who moves into the frame kneeling and moving his wand up and down). It took almost 3 minutes for him to push his way out of the intake after being sucked in.

Bridget (left) hours after the event

Bridget (left) hours after the event

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Not all are so lucky. In 2006, 114 passengers and 5 crew members were witness to the gruesome demise via jet engine of an airline mechanic as they waited on the tarmac in a Continental Airlines 737 flight to Houston. Larry Keller, Chairman and CEO, issued the following very brief statement after the tragic incident:

My fellow co-workers and I extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of the mechanic involved in this tragic event.

What follows is video of John Bridget’s miraculous escape from fate.

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