Helicopter UH-1H 68-15540


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15540
The Army purchased this helicopter 0469
Total flight hours at this point: 00001073
Date: 03/08/1970
Incident number: 700308041ACD Accident case number: 700308041 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 155 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Ban Me Thuot in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 9 . . Injured = 1 . . Passengers = 6
costing 455945
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 1LT KINSER JACOB LEE KIA
P WO1 ERENSTOFT DAVID KARL KIA
CE SP5 ROGNE WILLIAM ROBERT KIA
G SP4 GOEREE WIM KIA

Passengers and/or other participants:
DU NN, , PX, KIA
NV KHUON, PAX, A
NH TAI, PAX, A
NN DU, PAX, A
NT TI, PAX, D


Accident Summary:

 ON 8 MARCH 1970, ARMY AIRCRAFT, UH-1H SN: 68-15540 ASSIGNED TO THE 155TH AVN CO (AH) DEPARTED BAN ME THOUT EAST AT APPROXIMATELY 0800 HOURS ENROUTE TO DUC LAP WITH A LEAD OF ARVN PASSENGERS. 540 WAS LEAD SHIP IN A FLIGHT OF FOUR AIRCRAFT. MARGINAL WEATHER WAS ENCOUNTERED NEAR THEIR DESTINATION AND THE FLIGHT TOOK UP ADDITIONAL SEPARATION FOR SAFETY REASONS. COMMUNICATIONS WAS MAINTAINED BETWEEN AIRCRAFT AND THE LAST WORD RECEIVED FROM THE LEAD AIRCRAFT WAS A TRANSMISSION BY LT KINSER THAT HE WAS MAKING A LEFT 180 TURN. THE WRECKAGE OF 540 WAS FOUND BY THE OTHER SHIPS WHEN RETURNING FROM DUC LAP.\\

This record was last updated on 09/20/1998


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