Helicopter UH-1H 66-17042


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-17042
The Army purchased this helicopter 1167
Total flight hours at this point: 00000313
Date: 04/01/1969
Incident number: 690401291ACD Accident case number: 690401291 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 120 CAC
The station for this helicopter was Long Binh in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 6 . . Injured = 2 . . Passengers = 5
costing 615145
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 CW2 TAYLOR MICHAEL GEORGE KIA
P WO1 YATEMAN DALE ARNOLD KIA
CE SP4 STAFFORD PHILIP CLARK KIA
G SP4 GOLDEN BARRY LEIGH KIA
PX SP5 DICKERHOFF TERRY WAYNE KIA

Passengers and/or other participants:
UNK UNK, GM, G
UNK HH MEIN, UNK, D
CIV LT HA, UNK, D
SP5 RADER REX EARL, AR, PX, KIA


Accident Summary:

 UH-1H, ^66-17042^ DEPARTED HOTEL 3 HELIPORT AT APPROXIMATELY 1700 ON A HEADING OF 210 DEGREES. AT APPROXIMATELY THREE HUNDRED FEET INDICATED ALTITUDE THE HELICOPTER TURNED TO AN EASTERLY HEADING AND CLIMBED TO AN ALTITUDE OF 400 TO 600 FEET INDICATED (300 - 500 AGL). SOMEWHERE SOUTH OF THE CRASH SITE THERE WAS APPARENTLY AN ENGINE FAILURE FOLLOWED BY INITIATION OF AUTOROTATION. THE AUTOROTATION WAS UNSUCCESSFUL, ENDING IN A CRASH AND FIRE. INITIAL CONTACT WAS MADE BY THE MAIN ROTOR BLADE STRIKING A TELEPHONE POLE. THE AIRCRAFT MADE GROUND CONTACT WITH THE TAIL STRIKING FIRST, SEVERING THE TAIL BOOM. THEN THE FUSELAGE STRUCK THE GROUND WITH THE SKIDS APPROXIMATELY LEVEL WITH THE NOSE TURNED 30 DEGREES LEFT OF THE DIRECTION OF TRAVEL. THE FUSELAGE SECTION CONTINUED ON FOR 132 FEET, COMING TO REST ON ITS RIGHT SIDE AND COMPLETELY ENGULFED IN FLAMES. TWO BODIES WERE DISCOVERED OUTSIDE THE WRECKAGE ALONG THE PATH OF THE AIRCRAFT.\\

This record was last updated on 09/20/1998


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