Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 63-08604
Incident number: 65061900.KIA Accident case number: 0C425 Total Loss Accident
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
for Close Air Support
Unknown this helicopter was Unknown at 1600 feet and UNK knots.
Count of hits was not possible because the helicopter burned or exploded.
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
causing a Fire.
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 04 DOI . .
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: OPERA, UH1P1, 01511, STMNT, CRAFX, CASRP (Operations Report. Crash Facts Message. Casualty Report. )
Loss to Inventory
AC CW2 PURSER JAMES LEAVELL KIA
P CPT SAMANIEGO ROBERTO KIA
G 1LT BALL JOHN ROBERT KIA
CE SP5 ATCHER HAROLD ALLEN KIA
"19 June: Two slicks escorted by two gunships carried cargo from Kontum to Dak Sut (BY932516). As the aircraft entered the Dak Sut Valley (YB 915355) the lead aircraft came under intense automatic weapons fire. The lead aircraft was hit and caught fire on the left side, near the tail boom the aircraft entered autorotation. The tail boom separated from the aircraft at 300 feet above the ground and the aircraft hit the ground inverted and exploded on impact. No crew members survived." from 119 AHC history.
This record was last updated on 11/13/2003
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