Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-01006
The Army purchased this helicopter 1266
Total flight hours at this point: 00000579
Incident number: 67111411.KIA
Unit: C/227 AVN 1 CAV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
for Command and Control
at 1500 feet
UTM grid coordinates: BT085310
Casualties = 07 KIA . .
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. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Summary: Main rotor shot off by AAA.
Loss to Inventory
AC WO1 MURRIETTA FRANK A KIA
P WO1 THORNTON STEPHEN H KIA
CE PFC MCLAUGHLIN RUSSELL FRANK KIA
G SP5 JOHNSON PAUL EDWARD KIA
Passengers and/or other participants:
LTC KIMMEL ROBERT GENE, AR, PX, KIA
1LT SHAFFER RANDALL DALE, AR, PX, KIA
MAJ WYNN GERARD MICHAEL, AR, PX, KIA
CPT CASP MICHAEL ALLEN, AR, PX, KIA
The main rotor was shot off the aircraft by AAA fire from 1,500 feet AGL. (Operations log says tail rotor) It was the command and control ship at the time. All souls on board perished when the rotorless aircraft hit the ground and exploded. A big ball of fire from air observation by other members of C/227. All bodies were recovered and identified later that day. All burned up. from CW4 Bill Terry, July 1996.
Loren McAnally was an eye witness at the time and said that it was actually the tail rotor that was shot off by AA fire, and that the aircraft subsequently got into severe mast bumping, leading to the loss of the main rotor.
This record was last updated on 10/14/2008
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