Figure 5-22.Cable grip.
failure. The cable grip is capable of supporting
1,000 pounds. (See figure 5-22.)
The cable grip is an emergency condition
device used by personnel performing rescue
operations from a helicopter when the rescue hoist
has a malfunction that renders the hoist
inoperable. The cable grip is used for quick
temporary attachment to the hoist cable.
The aircrewmans responsibility for
maintenance of the cable grip is limited to a
freshwater wash and to informing maintenance
control that it has been used. Repairs or other
actions required are performed by organizational-
level maintenance or above.
All cable grips are subject to a calendar
inspection upon issue and at intervals of 225 days.
To inspect the condition of the cable grip, proceed
1. Inspect for missing, bent, fractured or
2. Check hardware for security of attachment,
corrosion, wear, and ease of operation.
3. Check for sharp edges and projections.
Clean the cable grip every time it has been
immersed in salt water. To clean it, proceed as
1. Clean devices with an acceptable cleaning
2. Remove all foreign objects with low-
3. Lubricate all movable parts of the cable
grip with lubricating oil. Wipe off any excess oil
with clean, dry, lint-free cloth.
PNEUMATIC RESCUE HAND TOOL
The pneumatic rescue hand tool is a cartridge-
operated device. A chamber within the handle
secures a 3,000 psi nitrogen gas cylinder, which
provides a very powerful force against the cutting
The case is made of nylon webbing, 12 1/2
inches long and 5 3/4 inches wide at the
top, tapering to 3 1/4 inches wide at the
bottom. A 46-inch lanyard and baby swivel hook,
attached to the upper grommet, are designed for