Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16088
Incident number: 670419051ACD Accident case number: 670419051 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 175 AHC
Number killed in accident = 2 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
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, KIA db MGL, David Eastman (Operations Report. )
Summary: This ship had only two pilots on board and crashed near Vinh Long while letting down through some thick clouds and fog.
Loss to Inventory
AC WO1 WESSELMAN GARY LEROY KIA
CP WO1 REEVES LARRY RAY KIA
Aircraft was returning to its home station and went from VFR on top to beneath a low overcrast. It crashed and burned. The ceiling was 100 foot broken, partial obscuration by fog, one mile visibility. The aircraft tried to penetrate these conditions.
This aircraft was part of a flight of four returning from an ash and trash mission at Sa Dec. The flight leader had the flight let down slowly through extremely thick clouds and fog. Others commented that you could see the skids of a Huey sticking out of the clouds but not the rest of the ship; the clouds and fog were that thick. This mission was launched in such a hurry that the enlisted crew did not have time to get on their ship. This aircraft crashed near the runway at Vinh Long. Submitted by David Eastman 5/97.
This record was last updated on 05/25/1998
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