Helicopter UH-1C 66-15142


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15142
The Army purchased this helicopter 0567
Total flight hours at this point: 00000319
Date: 11/23/1968
Incident number: 681123081ACD Accident case number: 681123081 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 71 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Chu Lai in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: BT542088
Number killed in accident = 2 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 1
costing 359914
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:
P WO1 LOFORTI PAUL ROSARIO KIA
TI SP5 CORNELL DONALD FREDERICK KIA


Accident Summary:

 THIS FLIGHT WAS A TEST FLIGHT FOR A MAIN ROTOR TRACK. IT WAS THE FOURTH SUCH FLIGHT PERFORMED BY THIS PILOT IN THIS AIRCRAFT DURING THE NIGHT OF ^22-23^ ^NOVEMBER^. ON THIS FLIGHT THE PILOT TOOK OFF TO THE NORTHWEST ON RUNWAY 32. HE CLIMBED ON THE RUNWAY HEADING TO AN ALTITUDE OF ABOUT 150 FEET. APPROXIMATELY ONE-HALF (1/2) KILOMETER FROM THE END OF THE RUNWAY HE MADE A RIGHT TURN TO CROSSWIND MAINTAINING 150 FEET. HE CONTINUED THIS COURSE AND ALTITUDE FOR APPROXIMATELY ONE (1) KILOMETER. HE THEN STARTED A DESCENDING RIGHT TURN FROM WHICH HE DID NOT RECOVER. THE TURN, IF COMPLETED WOULD HAVE POSITIONED THE AIRCRAFT ON A RIGHT DOWNWIND. THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK THE WATER AND DISAPPEARED.\\

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