Helicopter AH-1G 67-15558


Information on U.S. Army helicopter AH-1G tail number 67-15558
The Army purchased this helicopter 0468
Total flight hours at this point: 00000724
Date: 05/01/1969
Incident number: 690501281ACD Accident case number: 690501281 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: B/3/17 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)
The station for this helicopter was Dong Tam in South Vietnam
Casualties = YES . . Number killed in accident = 1 . . Injured = 1 . . Passengers = 0
Search and rescue operations were Not Required
costing 610433
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 recovered

Crew Members:
AC O2 HL GARRETT
AC 1LT ROSS KENNETH EDWARD KIA


Accident Summary:

 ON 30 APRIL 1969, ARRANGEMENTS WERE MADE BY OPERATIONS OF ^B TROOP, 3/17 AIR CAVALRY^ WITH OPERATIONS OF ^ D TROOP, 3/5 AIR CAVALRY^ TO USE A ^D TROOP^ AIRCRAFT COMMANDER OF AN AH-1G FOR A ^B TROOP^ MISSION ON 1 MAY 1969. ON THE MORNING OF 1 MAY 1969, ^LT GARRETT^ REPORTED TO ^B TROOP^ TO FLY AS AN AIRCRAFT COMMANDER IN AN AH-1G FOR THAT DAY. THE AH-1G WAS PART OF A HUNTER-KILLER TEAM CONSISTING OF AN AH-1G AND AN OH-6A. ^LT GARRETT^ AND ^LT ROSS^ WENT TO THE AH-1G ABOUT 0700 HOURS TO PERFORM THEIR PREFLIGHT INSPECTION. THE AH-1G WAS RUN UP AT ABOUT 0740 HOURS AND THE TEAM TOOK OFF FROM DONG TAM AIRFIELD ON A HEADING OF 090 DEGREES AT ABOUT 0748 HOURS. THE AH-1G WAS FOLLOWED ON TAKE-OFF BY THE OH-6A. NO RADIO CONTACT WAS ESTABLISHED BETWEEN THE TWO AIRCRAFT. AFTER CLIMBING TO ABOUT 300' OF ALTITUDE THE AH-1G TURNED LEFT ON A NORTHERLY HEADING. AFTER TURNING LEFT THE AH-1G DESCENDED DOWN TO AN ALTITUDE OF ABOUT 75' TO 100'. AFTER SLIGHTLY LEVELING OUT, THE AH-1G WENT INTO A GENTLE LEFT TURNING DESCENT INTO THE TREES. THE PILOTS OF THE AH-1G DID NOT MAKE A RADIO CALL. THE AIRCRAFT CUT A PATH THROUGH THE WOODS FOR ABOUT 100 METERS FROM INITIAL POINT OF CONTACT TO THE FINAL POINT OF IMPACT. THE WRECKAGE WAS DISTRIBUTED ALONG THIS 100 METER PATH. THE ENGINE AND A PORTION OF THE FUSELAGE CAUGHT FIRE. APPROXIMATELY FIVE MINUTES AFTER THE CRASH AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOUR ROCKET PODS EXPLODED REDISTRIBUTING THE WRECKAGE.\\

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