Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 64-14037
The Army purchased this helicopter 0665
Total flight hours at this point: 00001893
Incident number: 680712151ACD Accident case number: 680712151 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: A/2/20 ARA 1 CAV
The station for this helicopter was Bien Hoa in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YD328493
Number killed in accident = 3 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
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
AC WO1 CORLEW ROY KENNETH KIA
P WO1 TOMLINSON DAVID CULLEN KIA
G SP4 TAPP MARION NEAL KIA
At 0100 hours, 12 July 1968, the aircraft took off from the artillery helipad at LZ Sharon. Shortly after takeoff, the aircraft searchlight was turned off. At this time with the aircraft at about 150 feet, heading approximately 170 degrees, there was a muffled explosion, followed by sparks and fire from the rear of the engine section. The aircraft contacted the ground at a very high rate of descent. The searchlight was turned on just prior to impact. The wreckage exploded shortly after impact and was engulfed in flames. Ordanance aboard began detonating almost immediately, preventing any rescue efforts. There were no crash rescue facilities available. All crew members died in the fire. All controls, switches, and the entire cabin section were consumed in the fire.
This record was last updated on 05/25/1998
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