Helicopter OH-6A 67-16029


Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A tail number 67-16029
Date: 12/28/1968
Incident number: 681228081ACD Accident case number: 681228081 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: A/1/9 CAV
The station for this helicopter was Tay Ninh in
Number killed in accident = 2 . . Injured = 1 . . Passengers = 0
costing 203546
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
P WO1 TRONERUD STEPHEN LYLE KIA
OB E3 FA COBB
CE PVT JOHNSON ROSS ARNOLD JR INJ


Accident Summary:

 THIS AIRCRAFT DEPARTED ^TAY NINH, RVN AT 0730^ HOURS ON A VISUAL RECONNAISSANCE MISSION. IT WAS THE SECOND SHIP IN A TWO SHIP FORMATION, BOTH WERE ^OH-6A^ HELICOPTERS. BOTH AIRCRAFT WERE FLYING LOW LEVEL OVER THE FLAT, CLEAR AGRICULTURAL LAND AROUND ^GO-DAU-HA^. THE NUMBER TWO AIRCRAFT OBSERVED A VIETNAMESE CIVILIAN IN AN OPEN FIELD THAT HE WANTED A CLOSER LOOK AT. HE BROKE FORMATION TO THE RIGHT. THE LEAD AIRCRAFT TURNED AND ASSUMED A POSITION BEHIND THE NUMBER TWO AIRCRAFT. AFTER CIRCLING THE CIVILIAN HE STARTED ANOTHER RIGHT TURN TO REGAIN HIS POSITION BEHIND HIS LEADER. AT THIS POINT HIS RIGHT SKID STRUCK THE GROUND. HIS FORWARD SPEED WAS ESTIMATED AT 50 TO 60 KNOTS. THE AIRCRAFT DISINTEGRATED AND EXPLODED IMMEDIATELY. IT IS UNCLEAR WHETHER THE CREW MEMBERS WERE THROWN OUT OF THE WRECKAGE OR SOMEHOW MANAGED TO EXTRICATE THEMSELVES. THEY WERE OBSERVED TO RUN OUT OF THE FIRE ALMOST IMMEDIATELY. THE PILOT AND OBSERVER WERE ON FIRE AND THE FLAMES ON THEIR BODIES WERE EXTINGUISHED BY THE CREW OF THE OTHER AIRCRAFT. THE CREW CHIEF WAS SERIOUSLY BURNED, BUT WAS ABLE TO ASSIST IN THE CARE OF THE OTHER CREW MEMBERS. THE WRECKAGE CONTINUED TO BURN UNTIL IT WAS ALMOST ENTIRELY CONSUMED EXCEPT A PORTION OF THE TAIL SECTION.\\

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