Helicopter UH-1D 64-13568


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 64-13568
The Army purchased this helicopter 0265
Total flight hours at this point: 00001728
Date: 07/05/1967
Incident number: 670705081ACD Accident case number: 670705081 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 71 AHC
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: BT401145
Number killed in accident = 3 . . Injured = 13 . . Passengers = 13
costing 413954
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. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P WO1 MCDANIEL ROBERT THOMAS KIA
P W1 DL ROBINSON
CE E3 RT FALK
G E3 RL POWELL

Passengers and/or other participants:
E4 JA NEWTON, PAX, D
PFC ISBELL JAMES RUSSELL, AR, PX, KIA
E4 PA RYDER, PAX, D
PFC MATTHEWS JAMES ERICH, AR, PX, KIA
E4 WE ARNOLD, PAX, D
E3 NH WILLIAMS, PAX, D
E5 KC JANDI, OGY, D
E5 CM BOWER, OGY, D
E3 C RUIT, OGY, D
E5 J FRAZIER, OGY, D
E5 J UNDERHILL, OGY, D
E5 L BEAM, OGY, D
E3 TL FRYE, OGY, D


Accident Summary:

After departing a pinnacle pick up zone, the aircraft lost RPM and lift crashing into an artillery position at the bottom of the hill. Exploding ammunition and fire destroyed the aircraft. Density altitude was a contributing factor.


War Story:
The crash site UTM is given as BT401145. Per Kelley p5-223 Hill 54 at BT396145 was established as 1st Bn, 5th Marines C.P. in June 1966 and was the 1/14 Inf base camp in the summer of 1967. Hill 54 lies immediately west of Hwy QL-1 about 10 KM E-SE of Tam Ky (18 KM NW of Chu Lai, if you prefer). There are photos and a map of the place at http://www.1-14th.com/LZ_Hill54_25.html The crash site as given in the ops log is right between the railroad berm and Hwy QL-1; the first photo cited above actually shows the location.

This record was last updated on 11/10/2010


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