Helicopter UH-1H 67-17330


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17330
The Army purchased this helicopter 0368
Total flight hours at this point: 00000410
Date: 01/27/1969
Incident number: 690127341ACD Accident case number: 690127341 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: D/1/1 CAV
The station for this helicopter was Phu Bai in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 1 . . Injured = 8 . . Passengers = 6
costing 225963
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:
AC W2 DD HOUSER
AC WO1 FERRELL WALTER LARRY KIA
CE E4 JV MICHKO
G E4 OW JACKSON

Passengers and/or other participants:
E4 O COLLIER, PAX, D
MCCOY, PAX, G
E5 J MCCOY, PAX, D
E4 TA MILLER, PAX, D
E7 H WASHINGTON, PAX, D
E4 C BENNETT, PAX, D


Accident Summary:

 THE AIRCRAFT WAS THE SECOND OF A FLIGHT OF FOUR UH-1H AIRCRAFT INSERTING A RECONNAISSANCE PLATOON INTO A SINGLE SHIP LANDING ZONE APPROXIMATELY TWELVE MILES SOUTHWEST OF ^CAMP EAGLE, YD590060^. THE WINDS WERE CALM AND THE OUTSIDE AIR TEMPERATURE WAS 78 DEGREES F. THE LZ WAS COMPLETELY SURROUNDED BY TREES ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT 100 FEET HIGH. THE APPROACH WAS MADE ON A HEADING OF ABOUT 270 DEGREES WITH THE SUN TO THE BACK OF THE AIRCRAFT WHILE ON APPROACH. TO ENTER THE LZ, IT WAS NECESSARY FOR THE AIRCRAFT TO DESCEND VERTICALLY ABOUT 100 FEET, MAKING IT MANDATORY AND ESSENTAIL FOR THE CREW TO CLEAR THE AIRCRAFT WHILE COMING DOWN. THE AIRCRAFT COMPLETED ITS DESCENT AND MOMENTARILY STABILIZED AT A HOVER. THE AIRCRAFT MOVED TO THE LEFT SLIGHTLY AND MAY HAVE STRUCK A TREE. THE AIRCRAFT THEN MOVED LATERALLY TO THE RIGHT. SUDDENLY THE AIRCRAFT ROLLED INTO A RIGHT NOSE LOW ATTITUDE AND CRASHED, COMING TO REST INVERTED, THE HELICOPTER STRUCK SEVERAL TREES IN ITS ROLL AND UPON STRIKING THE EARTH, THE ENGINE EXPERIENCED A SUDDEN STOPPAGE WITH A SMALL FIRE OR EXPLOSION RESULTING. THE PILOT WAS FOUND TO HAVE HAD HIS CHIN STRAP BROKEN IN THE CRASH AND RECEIVED A PENETRATING WOUND IN THE BACK OF HIS HEAD LOCATED IN THE LEFT EAR AREA. HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD ON ARRIVAL AT THE HOSPITAL. OTHER CREW MEMBERS AND PASSENGERS WERE EVACUATED TO MEDICAL FACILITIES.\\

This record was last updated on 09/20/1998


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