Helicopter UH-1D 66-16250


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16250
The Army purchased this helicopter 0467
Total flight hours at this point: 00001932
Date: 05/15/1969
Incident number: 690515301ACD Accident case number: 690515301 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 192 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Phan Thiet in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 1 . . Injured = 2 . . Passengers = 0
costing 344945
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 STACY WALTER ROBERT KIA
CP W1 WENDT PETER C
CE E4 RM GUYMON
G E3 JA METZENBERG


Accident Summary:

 THE AIRCRAFT WAS ON A SUPPORT MISSION FOR THE PHAN RANG MACV AND WAS TEMPORARILY AT THE ARMY PX PAD TO PICK UP SOME ARTICLES AT THE PX. UPON RETURN TO THE AIRCRAFT THEY RECEIVED A MESSAGE ASSIGNING THEM TO HOTEL BASE. UPON TAKEOFF, THEY CALLED PHAN RANG TOWER REQUESTING CLEARNACE AT END OF RUNWAY. PHAN RANG TOWER DID NOT REQUEST BUT GAVE CLEARANCE TO PASS LOW LEVEL SOUTH OF RUNWAY. AIRCRAFT PROCEEDED SOUTH FOLLOWING RIVIER MAINTAINING AN ALTITUDE OF 5 TO 10 FEET AND AN AIRSPEED OF 110 TO 115 KNOTS. UPON COMPLETING A RIGHT TURN, AIRCRAFTS RIGHT SKID MADE SUSPECTED CONTACT WITH WATER AND OR ROCK CAUSING THE AIRCRAFT OF FLIP TAIL OVER NOSE. THE CREW MADE IT TO SURFACE AND THE ONLY INJURED WAS THE GUNNER WHO HAD A BROKEN NOSE. THE CREW CHIEF AND THE GUNNER PROCEEDED TO SWIM TO SHORE WHILE THE PILOT IN CHARGE, ^MR. STACY^ HELPED ^MR. WENDT^ REMOVE HIS "CHICKEN PLATE" AND HELMET. UPON REMOVING EQUIPMENT HE STARTED TO SWIM TOWARDS SHORE. ^MR. WENDT^ HAPPENED TO TURN AROUND WHILE SWIMMING TOWARDS SHORE AND SAW ^MR. STACY^ STRUGGLING. HE TRIED TO GO BACK AND HELP HIM BUT IN THE PROCESS BLACKED OUT. THREE VIETNAMESE WHO HAD JUST HAPPENED ON TO THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT SWAM OUT TO BRING HIM TO SHORE BUT WERE UNABLE TO FIND ^MR. STACY.^ APPROXIMATELY 40 MINUTES AFTER THE CRASH, THE CREW MEMBERS WERE MEDIVACED TO THE HOSPITAL IN PHAN RANG WHILE SEARCHERS KEPT LOOKING FOR ^MR. STACY'S^ BODY. ^MR. STACY'S^ BODY WAS FOUND THE NEXT MORNING AT APPROXIMATELY 1030 HOURS 30 FEET SOUTHEAST OF THE AIRCRAFT.\\

This record was last updated on 09/12/2013


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