Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17817
The Army purchased this helicopter 1068
Total flight hours at this point: 00000559
Incident number: 69040157.KIA
Unit: 57 AHC
Casualties = 01 KIA, 01 WIA . .
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA, Unit History (Operations Report. )
Summary: Shot down by .50 cal. Crashed and burned.
Loss to Inventory
CE SP4 GAY ALVIN LEON KIA
AC WO1 HESTAND THOMAS WIA
The 57th AHC's unit history states on the first an aircraft was trying to climb out of a hot LZ and sustained .50 cal hits causing the engine to fail. The pilot entered autorotation but the terrain did not permit a successful termination and the aircraft crashed and burned. The AC, WO Thomas Hestand, received a broken arm and the CE, SP4 Alvin T. Gay, died instantly from a .50 cal wound. The pilot and gunner were fortunate enough to escape without injury.
This record was last updated on 05/25/1998
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