Information on Air America helicopter UH-34D tail number H-32
Incident number: 651012AA.KIA
Unit: AIR AMERICA LAOS
UTM grid coordinates: XC675465
Casualties = 04 KIA . .
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: War Story as related by a witness. Also: Sid Nanson, Air America KIA related documents ()
Loss to Inventory
P CPT LIEBERTH RICHARD H KIA
FM SMITH FRANKLIN D KIA
Passengers and/or other participants:
CIV Duel, Michael
The Air America KIA documents clearly state the Lieberth and Smith died together in a UH-34 with US Aid passenger Michael Duel. It is well known that AA flew their UH-34s with one pilot and one flight mechanic.
Crashed on take-off from a pad at coordinates XC 675465 near Saravane (L-44), Laos, on 12 October 65 and hit the ground at 90 mph, killing the pilot, Capt. Richard H. Liebert, the flight mechanic, Franklin D. Smith, and 2 USAID passengers, including Mike Deul.
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