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[i]Recovery Helicopter Struck by Drogue Parachute Reefing Line
The recovery helicopters entered the fall out pattern of the debris resulting from the command module entry before all debris had reached the ocean surface. A 3 meter section of drogue parachute reefing line impacted the main rotor blade of one of the helicopters and was found draped over a landing gear strut when the helicopter returned to the aircraft carrier.
An impact time analysis has been performed for all debris generated during reentry. The following table shows the latest time of landing for all debris which is still in the air after command module landing.
As a result of the analysis, recovery procedures are being modified to prevent helicopter entry into the debris fall out pattern until all pieces which could damage the helicopters have impacted the water.[/i]
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