Information on U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-53A tail number 153283
Incident number: 68022222.KIA
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was an Unknown mission
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was on Take-Off at UNK feet and UNK knots.
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
The helicopter was hit in the Tail Section causing a Fire.
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 02 KIA, 03 INJ . .
The helicopter made a Forced Landing. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Additional damage upon landing
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, LNOF, 80035, NSC, TWIX, MAG-16 CC (Naval Safety Center. Operations Report. Lindenmuth Old Format Data Base. )
Summary: One of two HMH-463 CH-53A hit by enemy fire at Khe Sanh. This one suffered two crew fatalities plus injuries.
Loss to Inventory
P CPT RILEY JAMES THOMAS KIA
CP 1LT SMITH CARY CARSON KIA
CPL PM MURGALLIS
CPL PD SQUIER
SGT WM SULLIVAN
Passengers and/or other participants:
SGT Leech, K.R.
The MAG-16 Command Chronology reports that this helicopter received major damage from enemy fire at the Khe Sanh airfield resulting in two fatalities, one major injury and two minor injuries to the crew. Later in the report it lists six casualities occuring at Khe Sanh.
This record was last updated on 09/20/1998
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