Helicopter OH-6A 67-16018

Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A tail number 67-16018
The Army purchased this helicopter 0468
Total flight hours at this point: 00000096
Date: 07/04/1968
Incident number: 680704091ACD Accident case number: 680704091 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: D/1/4 CAV
The station for this helicopter was Phu Loi in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XT825478 (To see this location on a map, go to https://legallandconverter.com/p50.html and search on Grid Reference 48PXT825478)
Number killed in accident = 3 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 384662
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:

Accident Summary:

At approximately 0655 hours, 4 July 68, OH-6A, sn 67-16018, flown by Major Terry departed Lai Khe, RVN enroute to the Daring area of operation which was located approximately 11 km north east of Lai Khe. Major Terry's mission was to fly as command and control for the helicopters of D troop, 1/4 Cav which were supporting Daring (2/2 Infantry). At approximately 0810 hrs, 4 Jul 68, Lieutenant Bosworth, flying OH-6A helicopter 66-7854, departed Lai Khe, RVN, for the same area of operations. Lieutenant Bosworth's mission was scout team leader. At approximately 0850 hours, the command vehicle of company B, 2nd BN (mech, 2nd Inf), hit a mine at coordinates XT 819475 injuring five personnel. Major Terry monitored the ground units' call for a "dustoff" helicopter and proceeded to the area where the vehicle hit the mine. Major Terry also called Lieutenant Bosworth on the radio and requested that he proceed to the same area with his scout team. Lieutenant Bosworth was flying in an area approximately 5 km to the east of the area where the vehicle hit the mine. He flew directly to the same area with his scout team. He flew directly to the area on a heading of 270 degrees and started a right turn when he arrived at the area of the damaged vehicle. Lieutenant Bosworth was flying at an altitude of approximately 100 feet above ground level and an airspeed of approximately 60 to 70 knots. When Lieutenant Bosworth's helicopter had completed approximately 100 degrees of a turn to the right, Major Terry's helicopter was flying generally in the same direction as Lieutenant Bosworth's helicopter but to the left rear and approximately 50 feet higher. As Lieutenant Bosworth continued turning to the right, Major Terry's helicopter also turned to the right, Major Terry's helicopter also turned to the right while descending at a greater speed than Lieutenant Bosworth's helicopter. When Lieutenant Bosworth's helicopter had completed nearly 180 degrees of right turn, Major Terry's helicopter overtook it and the helicopters collided. After the collision, Lieutenant Bosworth's aircraft continued on the same general heading until it crashed into the ground and burned. Major Terry's aircraft made a right descending turn and crashed into the ground approximately 45 meters from the other aircraft.

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