Helicopter OH-6A 67-16479


Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A tail number 67-16479
The Army purchased this helicopter 1168
Total flight hours at this point: 00000844
Date: 12/01/1969
Incident number: 691201291ACD Accident case number: 691201291 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 2 BDE 1 CAV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Recon mission for Unarmed Recon
While in Operations Area this helicopter was Unknown at UNK feet and 050 knots.
The station for this helicopter was Phouc Vinh in Cambodia
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (12.7MM)
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 01 DOI, 02 INJ . . Number killed in accident = 1 . . Injured = 2 . . Passengers = 0
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
costing 149969
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. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: OPERA, LNNF, CRAFX, CASRP (Operations Report. Lindenmuth New Format Data Base. Crash Facts Message. Casualty Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P W1 GG GABLER
P CPT CAMP JACK KIA
G E5 CH LEMKE


Accident Summary:

 AIRCRAFT WAS ON A VR MISSION AND HAD BEEN ON STATION FOR A PERIOD OF ONE HOUR. THE OH-6A WAS ORBITING AT 2000 FEET WHILE THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER OF THE COBRA WAS DIRECTING AN AIRSTRIKE. THE FIRST INDICATION OF TROUBLE CAME WHEN THE GUNNER SAW BLACK SMOKE COMING FROM THE AREA BETWEEN THE TRANSMISSION AND ENGINE. THE PILOT MADE A POWER ON DESCENT TOWARDS AN OPEN FIELD. AT APPROXIMATELY 1000 FEET, A HIGH FREQUENCY VIBRATION DEVELOPED, BUT ALL INSTRUMENTS WERE READING IN THE GREEN. FROM THE ALTITUDE OF 1000 FEET TO 250 FEET, THE VIBRATION INCREASED. AT 250 FEET, THE ENGINE FAILED AND THE VIBRATION STOPPED. THE PILOT WENT INTO AUTOROTATION. AT APPROXIMATELY 35 FEET, A CH-47 PASSED 50 FEET TO THE FRONT OF THE AIRCRAFT. AT THIS TIME THE PILOT LOST CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT. HE ATTEMPTED TO FINISH THE AUTOROTATION, WITH NEGATIVE RESULTS.\\

This record was last updated on 05/25/1998


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