WO1 Richard W. Black was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 10/16/2003 at the age of 57.9 from A/C accident
Eugene, OR
Flight Classes 66-9W and 66-9
Date of Birth 11/19/1945
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 114 AHC in 66-67
Call sign in Vietnam COBRA 4
This information was provided by NTSB report

More detail on this person: Richard Warren Black (Army Aviator and Vietnam Veteran) age 57

Employed Weyerhaeuser Corporation

Summary extracted from NTSB report

Killed in Bell 206B during waterhole reconnaissance flight in late morning with local patchy fog and clouds when the aircraft struck a power line neutral cable that crossed the Siuslaw River resulting in loss of the main rotor system controls and entanglement in wire followed by uncontrolled crash into river terrain near Swisshome, OR. Other helicopter pilots involved in recovery complained the power lines were hard to see in the steep and forested terrain in NOE flight. He died 14 Oct 2003.

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