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depends on the urgency of the situation and/or
10-1.1. This chapter describes emergency corrosion
workload. Additional personnel, if required, will be
cleaning and treatment procedures to be followed
selected and placed under the direction of the Corrosion
after aircraft accidents. Particular incidents may involve
Control Officer. In case of fire damage, the Materials
exposure to gross amounts of salt water, fire
Engineering Division of the cognizant activity must be
extinguishing agents, industrial pollutants, soot, or
contacted. This group will determine the effects of heat
smoke. It is imperative that immediate action be taken
to remove, clean, dry, and preserve all affected avionic
use/repair of affected parts.
equipment. When removal of this equipment is
impractical, cleaning, drying, and preserving efforts
10-3. EMERGENCY PREPARATIONS.
shall be performed aboard the aircraft.
10-3.1. R E M O V A L
10-1.2. Steps outlined in the emergency procedures
preparations shall include the preparation of priority
are normally used only to prevent further corrosion
lists for removal of equipment, emergency reclamation
damage. Affected equipment will usually require further
team planning, tools, materials, and equipment
treatment at a higher level of maintenance. Treated
availability. For more specific information on removal
equipment that is of questionable operating status
priority of avionic equipment, refer to Volume II of this
should be forwarded to the nearest Intermediate
manual (Navy and Army) or TO 1-1-691 (Air Force).
Maintenance Activity (IMA). This will enable further
cleaning, drying, preservation, inspection, and
operational check. Equipment damaged beyond the
capability of local repair shall be cleaned, preserved,
Magnesium parts are particularly susceptible
packaged, and forwarded to the appropriate repair
to corrosion attack while exposed to salt water,
activity. Equipment shall be screened and repaired in
water immersion, or fire extinguishing agents.
accordance with the applicable service directives.
Avionic equipment known to contain magnesium
components shall be given high priority
emergency procedures. The procedure for
10-2. EMERGENCY RECLAMATION TEAM.
identification of magnesium is contained in
I n cases involving aircraft accidents,
10-3.2. E Q U I P M E N T REPLACEMENT. Various
permission must be obtained from senior
degrees of damage will be encountered when
member of the accident investigation board
equipment is exposed to salt water, water immersion,
prior to start of emergency procedures.
or fire extinguishing agents. Each maintenance officer
shall prepare or have access to a list of equipment
10-2.1. GOAL OF EMERGENCY RECLAMATION
indicating removal priority. This information shall be
TEAM. The primary goal of the emergency reclamation
used to make the decision to retain or replace
team is to accomplish the necessary salvage
equipment. Special attention shall be given to the
operations after an aircraft accident. This includes the
availability of replacement parts, capability of the repair
associated corrosion control efforts.
facility, and importance of continuing flight operations.
In the event of an aircraft mishap, reclamation of the
10-2.2. E M E R G E N C Y RECLAMATION TEAM
aircraft is secondary to preserving evidence necessary
ORGANIZATION. Each reporting custodian shall
to support the Accident Investigation Board and
designate a Corrosion Control Officer, whose duties
associated engineering investigations. Emergency
include organizing and supervising the emergency
procedures shall not commence until authorized by
reclamation team. Maintenance control will direct the
the Accident Investigation Board.
team to accomplish salvage operations or corrosion