Helicopter CH-47A 66-00072


Information on U.S. Army helicopter CH-47A tail number 66-00072
The Army purchased this helicopter 0666
Total flight hours at this point: 00000239
Date: 01/15/1967
Incident number: 670115051ACD Accident case number: 670115051 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 147 ASHC
This was a Accident incident.
South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 9 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 3
costing 1072837
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. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Summary: Crashed about 7 miles southwest of Can Tho due to blade failure.
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P CW2 STRANGE ROBERT GREER KIA
AC CW2 BOTTOM A J KIA
CE SP5 TEETER KENNETH WARREN KIA
G SP4 HARTY THOMAS JOHN KIA
FE SP6 GURR HERMAN LEROY KIA

Passengers and/or other participants:
PFC JACKSON RAYMOND COLUMBUS, AR, G, KIA
MAJ CORDELL RALPH DURWARD, AR, PX, KIA
SP4 MELTON ROBERT FRANKLIN JR, AR, PX, KIA
SP4 HITES ROGER ALLEN, AR, PX, KIA


Accident Summary:

For unknown reasons, the main fuselage inverted. The aft pylon and cockpit portions separated from the main fuselage. Analysis revealed that the aft synchronizing shaft was installed reversed and that the aft green blade failed in fatigue at a point 14 feet 3 inches from the center of the hub. The blade loss might be due to a strike by an unknown object.

This record was last updated on 03/08/2014


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