Helicopter OH-6A 67-16230


Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A tail number 67-16230
The Army purchased this helicopter 0868
Total flight hours at this point: 00000839
Date: 11/02/1969
Incident number: 691102151ACD Accident case number: 691102151 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: B/7/1 CAV
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: WS858275
Number killed in accident = 3 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 262555
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 STOKKERMAN JON WILLIAM KIA
OB PFC WILLIAMS JOHNNY KIA
CE SP4 SAUNDERS KEITH FRANK KIA


Accident Summary:

 AT APPROX 0500 HOURS ON 2 NOV 69, PILOT PREFLIGHTED AIRCRAFT AND TOOK OFF WITH THE REST OF THE SCOUT SECTION FOR A FLIGHT TO CHI LONG, RVN. TAKE OFF WAS AT APPROX 0520 HOURS. AT APPROX 0530 HOURS, WO1 STOKKERMAN RADIOED HIS LEAD, AND INFORMED HIM THAT HE WAS RETURNING TO VINH LONG WITH A CHIP DETECTOR LIGHT ON. AT APPROX 0540 HOURS, WO1 STOKKERMAN AGAIN RADIOED, AND STATED THAT HIS TOT WAS GOING "OUT OF SIGHT" AND THAT THE AIRCRAFT WAS VIBRATING SEVERELY AND THAT HE WAS GOING TO ATTEMPT TO LAND AT SADEC HELIPAD. THIS WAS THE LAST RADIO CALL MADE BY MR. STOKKERMAN. A WITNESS ON THE GROUND AT SADEC STATED THAT HE HAD OBSERVED THE AIRCRAFT CIRCLING WITH ITS LANDING LIGHTS ON, AS IF LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO LAND. HE STATED THAT THE AIRCRAFT WAS HEADING ABOUT 310 DEGREES, AND THAT FLAMES WERE COMING OUT OF THE REAR OF THE AIRCRAFT. HE STATED THAT AT THIS TIME THE ENGINE QUIT AND THE FLAMES STOPPED, AND THAT HE LOST SIGHT OF THE AIRCRAFT AS IT WENT INTO THE TREES. THE AIRCRAFT HIT THE TOP OF A TREE APPROX 60 FT HIGH, AND FELL TO THE GROUND STRIKING A HOOTCH, AND COMING TO REST IN APPROX 8 FT OF WATER. THE IMPACT OF THE AIRCRAFT WITH THE CONCRETE FLOOR OF THE HOOTCH WAS AT APPROX 45 KTS AIRSPEED, CAUSING ALL CREW MEMBERS TO LOSE THEIR HELMETS. THE CREW WAS FOUND STRAPPED IN THEIR SEATS BY CPT BRUNDAGE.\\

This record was last updated on 05/25/1998


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