Helicopter AH-1G 67-15864


Information on U.S. Army helicopter AH-1G tail number 67-15864
The Army purchased this helicopter 1268
Total flight hours at this point: 00000088
Date: 04/16/1969
Incident number: 690416331ACD Accident case number: 690416331 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: C/3/17 CAV
The station for this helicopter was Di An in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XT530126
Number killed in accident = 2 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 1
costing 652341
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 WO1 SATTERFIELD ROBERT W KIA
P 1LT LITTLE PETER CLARK KIA

Passengers and/or other participants:
UNK UNK, LCO, G


Accident Summary:

 THE AIRCRAFT WAS PART OF A HUNTER-KILLER TEAM CONSISTING OF AN AH-1G AND AN OH-6A. THE TEAM TOOK OFF FROM TAY NINH WEST HELIPORT ABOUT 1500 HOURS. THEY THEN PROCEEDED TO THE AO AND CONDUCTED A VISUAL RECONNAISANCE FOR APPROXIMATELY 30 MINUTES. UPON ARRIVING AT GRID XT 5432, THE AH-1G CONTACTED THE GROUND COMMANDER OVER FM RADIO TO RECEIVE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS AS TO WHAT AREAS THEY WERE TO VR. THE AH-1G WAS TO DIRECT THE OH-6A TO THAT AREA. WHILE THE OH-6A WAS ACTUALLY PERFORMING THE VR, THE AH-1G REMAINED IN A HIGH ORBIT PROVIDING GUN COVER AND NAVIGATION WITHIN THE AO. AT THIS POINT THE OV-10A ENTERED THE AO FOR THE PURPOSE OF PERFORMING A BDA, AND MONITORED THE TRANSMISSION BETWEEN THE AH-1G AND THE GROUND COMMANDER. THE OV-10A THEN BEGAN A DESCENDING LEFT TURN LOOKING FOR THE HUNTER-KILLER TEAM. SPOTTING THE OH-6A, THE OV-10A LEVELED OFF AT 1500 FEET AND CONTINUED TO LOOK FORTHE AH-1G. IN A LEFT TURN THROUGH 230 DEGREES, THE FRONT SEAT PILOT OF THE OV-10A SPOTTED THE AH-1G APPROACHING HEAD ON APPROXIMATELY 150 METERS AWAY. ALTHOUGH THE OV-10A PILOT MADE AN ABRUPT FULL LEFT CONTROL MOVEMENT, THERE WAS NOT SUFFICIENT TIME FOR CONTROL RESPONSE TO ALTER THE OV-10A FLIGHT PATH. THE AH-1G IMPACTED THE RIGHT WING, OUTBOARD OF THE ENGINE, OF THE OV-10A. AT THIS TIME IT IS UNKNOWN WHETHER THE AH-1G EXPLODED OR DISINTEGRATED AFTER COLLISION. THE OV-10A BEGAN A VIOLENT ROLL TO THE RIGHT AND DESCENDED TO A POINT OF IMPACT APPROXIMATELY ONE KILOMETER SOUTHWEST OF THE AH-1G MAIN WRECKAGE AREA.\\


War Story:
67-15864 collided with OV-10A 67-14691 from the 19th TASS. Both OV-10 crewmen ejected safely.

This record was last updated on 01/10/2008


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