This is from GW in 2003, it shows the inherent danger of working on a flight deck in the BEST of times… Day, VFR, CQs in a workup phase off Norfolk. What you will see is the PLAT video of an F-18 landing and catching the #3 wire (qualifies as a good landing), however as the cable runs out, you will see a brown cloud to the left of the picture. That is the cable parting under load.
You will then see the F-18 go off the bow (pointy end), the canopy blow and the pilot eject (that’s the little splash of flame that goes up). Note the white tow bar on the left side of the frame that seems to move by itself. It was struck by the cable end and moves significantly even though it is attached to the nosewheel of the aircraft.
In the replay, you will see one yellow shirt (the hook man) jump twice, he is jumping the pieces of the cable as it snaps back. The other two people and three more that are not captured in the video were injured and later medically evacuated from the GW, but all survived.
This is why the flight deck is considered one of the most dangerous places in the world to work. You HAVE to keep your head on a swivel, and be alert ALL of the time. Since there is a high noise level, you are basically on your own for your survival… You can imagine what potentially could have happened if this had been at night.
Please say a prayer for all our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen who are deployed world wide to keep us safe.