Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16091
The Army purchased this helicopter 0267
Total flight hours at this point: 00001360
Incident number: 69021657.KIA
Unit: 57 AHC
UTM grid coordinates: ZA055956 (To see this location on a map, go to https://legallandconverter.com/p50.html and search on Grid Reference 48PZA055956)
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory
AC WO1 PAPALE ARTHUR LAWRENCE KIA
P WO1 PERRON NORMAND PAUL KIA
CE SP4 OLIVER RICK ALTON KIA
G SP4 ALCOS LARRY MELVIN KIA
The 57th AHC unit history states that while trying to insert a LRRP team in an LZ one mile northeast of Polei Kleng, the aircraft, piloted by WOs Norman Perron and Arthur Papale, received an unknown number and type of hits from enemy ground fire. WO Perron radioed on climb out that the controls were erratic. The aircraft then began a slow spiral descent, it crashed and burst into flames upon impact. All four of the crewmembers were killed as were 4 LRRP team members aboard.
This record was last updated on 05/25/1998
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