Helicopter AH-1G 66-15308


Information on U.S. Army helicopter AH-1G tail number 66-15308
The Army purchased this helicopter 1167
Total flight hours at this point: 00001009
Date: 04/13/1969
Incident number: 690413151ACD Accident case number: 690413151 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: A/7/1 CAV
This was an Operational Loss caused by an accident by Accident with the mission function of Armed Helicopter (having primary weapon subsystems installed and utilized to provide direct fire support)
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: VS581569
Number killed in accident = 2 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
Search and rescue operations were Not Required
costing 652341
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center AVDAC database. Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory and Helicopter was not recovered

Crew Members:
AC CW2 ALLEN KEITH DOBSON JR KIA
P WO1 SCHMIDT WILFRED F JR KIA


Accident Summary:

 THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER WHO WAS FLYING AS WINGMAN FOR THE STRICKEN AIRCRAFT AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH, MET THE BOARD MEMBERS AT ^"A" TROOP^ MAINTENANCE AREA. IT WAS LEARNED FROM QUESTIONING THE AC THAT THE TWO COBRAS HAD TAKEN OFF FROM CHI LANG, WHERE THEY HAD LANDED FOR REFUELING, AND HAD FLOWN APPROXIMATELY 45 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST. THE WEATHER WAS GOOD, BUT VISIBILITY WAS RESTRICTED TO 1/4 TO 1/2 MILE BY SMOKE. THE TWO AIRCRAFT WERE FLYING AT APPROXIMATELY 200 FEET OF ALTITUDE AND 110-115 KNOTS AIRSPEED, ENROUTE TO THE AREA OF OPERATIONS TO RELIEVE ANOTHER WEAPONS TEAM ON STATION WHEN THE MAIN ROTOR SEPARATED FROM THE AIRCRAFT, THE UPPER PART OF THE TRANSMISSION CAME OFF, THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK THE GROUND IN A SLIGHTLY NOSE LOW ATTITUDE AND EXPLODED ON IMPACT. THE MAIN ROTOR HEAD AND BLADES WERE ON THE GROUND APPROXIMATELY FIFTY FEET TO THE LEFT AND REAR OF THE POINT WHERE THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED. THE UPPER PART OF THE TRANSMISSION WAS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE FLIGHT PATH, APPROXIMATELY FIFTY FEET.\\

This record was last updated on 03/12/2010


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