Shocking footage has reemerged showing a soldier being sucked into the engine of a US fighter during the Gulf War.
The video, which was filmed aboard the USS Eisenhower on February 20, 1991, shows trainee John Bridget checking the launch mechanism on an A63 Intruder – an attack aircraft used by the US military from 1963 to 1997.
The 21-year-old is seen moving towards the engine in the short clip, when he is suddenly pulled inside.
Another crewman in the video is then seen racing towards the engine to power it off. The video also shows a third member of the crew who was standing nearby at the time of the accident.
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Shocking footage showing a man (circled, in the above image) being sucked into the engine of a US fighter jet in 1991 has reemerged
Incredibly, Bridget survived the shocking moment, and was pictured after the incident with bandages around his head and arms.
Daniel P Streckfuss, another officer who was with Bridget at the time, explained how his colleague was able to survive.
‘I was attached to VFA-15 on board the USS Theodore Roosevelt during that deployment in 1991,’ he said, according to online accounts.
‘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.
The video, which was filmed aboard the USS Eisenhower on February 20, 1991, shows trainee John Bridget (left and right) checking the launch mechanism on an A63 Intruder
Incredibly, Bridget survived and was pictured afterwards with bandages on his head and arms
‘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.
‘It took almost 3 minutes for him to push his way out of the intake after being sucked in. Needless to say, I don’t think he was seen on the flight deck for the rest of the cruise.’
The video has been widely used around the world in the years since it was filmed, often by television shows showcasing the amazing survival.
Bridget checking the launch mechanism on an A63 Intruder (pictured) – an attack aircraft used by the US military from 1963 to 1997
The incident took place on the USS Eisenhower (pictured) in February 1991. Bridget was lucky to survive