Helicopter UH-1H 66-16154


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16154
Date: 12/20/1967
Incident number: 671220051ACD Accident case number: 671220051 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 189 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Camp Holloway in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 4 . . Injured = 3 . . Passengers = 2
costing 456354
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:
AC W1 CD BAKER
P W1 JD MCGARRY
OB E5 E CHRISTOPH
CE PFC ANTOL DAVID KIA
G E5 RH KARNES

Passengers and/or other participants:
LTC BELNAP GLEN DEAN, AR, PX, KIA
SGM ROBERTS HERBERT JR, AR, PX, KIA


Accident Summary:

At 120 foot hover with LZ cutting equipment being lowered by rope, the tail rotor struck a tree. The aircraft crashed and burned.


War Story:
The LTC on board from 3rd Bde 4th Inf. took Antol's helmet to talk with the aircraft commander while they were landing so there was no way to clear the tail rotor on the left. Rules were changed after that incident re: letting anyone use crew helmets during flight. Antol was my best friend in the 189th. David Wilkie, Sep 97.

This record was last updated on 09/20/1998


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