Helicopter UH-1H 66-16650


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16650
The Army purchased this helicopter 0767
Total flight hours at this point: 00001469
Date: 10/31/1969
Incident number: 691031201ACD Accident case number: 691031201 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: B/229 AVN
The station for this helicopter was Dau Tieng in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XT254659
Number killed in accident = 10 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 6
costing 725945
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 CPT WYMAN MURRAY JOHN KIA
P WO1 ROSENTHAL MICHAEL D JR KIA
CE SP4 MC GRAW LARRY JOE KIA
G SP4 ESCALLIER STEVE LOUIS KIA
OB CPT BRIGHTMAN MICHAEL DENNIS KIA

Passengers and/or other participants:
CPT DE ANGELIS ADAMO ERMINO, AR, PX, KIA
LTC ALEXANDER ROBERT LEE, AR, PX, KIA
SGT MORROW BRIAN JOHN, AR, PX, KIA
SGM SEE EDWARD EUGENE, AR, PX, KIA
CPT REAUME PAUL EDMUND, AR, PX, KIA


Accident Summary:

 AIRCRAFT WAS ON A COMMAND AND CONTROL MISSION FOR A BATTALION OF THE 1ST BRIGADE, 1ST CAV DIV (AM). THE AIRCRAFT HAD BEEN ON THE MISSION ALL THAT MORNING AND HAD SHUT DOWN AT THE TAY NINH VIP PAD AT APPROXIMATELY 0830 TO AWAIT ITS FULL COMPLEMENT OF PASSENGERS. DETAILS OF THE FLIGHT THAT FOLLOWED ARE AT BEST SKETCHY. THE NEXT CONTACT WITH SPADE 650 WAS BETWEEN 0930-0945 HOURS WHEN HE MADE A MAYDAY CALL. A GUN BIRD AND TWO SCOUT BIRDS FLYING IN THE AREA MONITORED THE CALL AND WITNESSED THE AIRCRAFT IMPACT WITH THE GROUND. ALL THE WITNESSES STATED THAT THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES OF 650 HAD STOPPED WHEN THEY FIRST ESTABLISHED VISUAL CONTACT. THE UH-1H WAS BETWEEN 300-500 FEET AGL AT THIS TIME. THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED IN AN ANGLE CLOSE TO A STEEP APPROACH AND EXPLODED ON IMPACT. THE SCOUTS MOVED INTO THE CRASH AREA IN SEARCH OF SURVIVORS WHILE THE GUN BIRD RELAYED COORDINATES AND INFORMATION CONCERNING THE CRASH. THE AIRCRAFT CONTINUED TO BURN AFTER THE EXPLOSION AND MOST OF THE AIRCRAFT WAS CONSUMED IN THE FIRE.\\

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