Helicopter UH-1C 66-15210


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15210
The Army purchased this helicopter 0867
Total flight hours at this point: 00000949
Date: 09/22/1969
Incident number: 690922242ACD Accident case number: 690922242 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 336 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Soc Trang in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XR061594
Number killed in accident = 1 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 0
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:
P WO1 LAMB GARY GRANT KIA
P CPT CONGER JAMES L
CE SP5 POWERS ROBERT J
G SP4 OCHOA RONALD G


War Story:
UH-1C 66-15168 was hovering into the gunship rearming area. There was a tailwind - Pilot sitting on left side sated he had run out of aft cyclic. Aircraft got extremely close to another UH-1C that was at flight idle also starting to rearm. AC bottomed pitch to stop aircraft and the main rotor blades of the aircraft (66-15168) struck the main rotor blades of the UH-1C 66-15210. The AC of 66-15210 had unbuckled and was departing his aircraft to supervise rearming as the blades struck causing 66-15210 to lurch up tail coming right and to roll over on its top right side killing the AC with a fatal head injury. The main transmission mast and rotor system of the hovering aircraft (66-15168) came out and flew approximately ten feet before coming to rest nearly intact. There were no injuries on 66-15168. Both aircraft sustained major damage to main rotor blades, rotor heads, mast, transmission mounts and transmissions. There was no fire. from Army Aircraft Accident Report Check List.

This record was last updated on 08/15/1999


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