Helicopter UH-1D 66-16736


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16736
The Army purchased this helicopter 0867
Total flight hours at this point: 00001458
Date: 07/15/1969
Incident number: 690715171ACD Accident case number: 690715171 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: B/227 AVN
The station for this helicopter was Binh Hoa in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 1 . . Injured = 3 . . Passengers = 0
costing 314145
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 W1 RF HOPE
P WO1 FEDDER FRED ANDERSON KIA
CE SP4 IRVIN RICHARD LOWELL KIA
G E4 GW HOGAN


Accident Summary:

 AIRCRAFT 736 WAS THE FOURTH AIRCRAFT IN A FLIGHT OF SIX WHICH WAS CONDUCTING A FINAL EXTRACTION. THE AIRCRAFT HAD REFUELED AT SONG BE APPROXIMATELY TWENTY MINUTES EARLIER. THE AIRCRAFT CIRCLED THE PICKUP ZONE TWICE BEFORE BEGINNING THE APPROACH. ON SHORT FINAL TO THE PZ THE PILOT REPORTED THAT THE ENGINE STARTED TO SURGE. AT THIS TIME THE AIRCRAFT APPARENTLY SUFFERED AN ENGINE OR TRANSMISSION FAILURE. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER TOOK CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT AT APPROXIMATELY 60 FEET AND 20-25 KNOTS. DUE TO THE LIMITED SIZE OF THE LANDING SITE AND THE FACT THAT IT WAS THE ONLY SUITABLE AREA AVAILABLE, THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER ATTEMPTED TO AUTOROTATE THE AIRCRAFT INTO THE PZ. THE AIRCRAFT LANDED HARD, AND THE FUEL CELLS RUPTURED CAUSING THE AIRCRAFT TO IMMEDIATELY BURST INTO FLAMES. THE INFANTRYMEN FROM THE GROUND UNIT IN THE PZ HELPED THE CREWMEMBERS OUT OF THE AIRCRAFT.\\

This record was last updated on 08/11/2008


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