Helicopter AH-1G 68-15020


Information on U.S. Army helicopter AH-1G tail number 68-15020
Date: 03/09/1970
Incident number: 700309271ACD Accident case number: 700309271 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 334 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Bien Hoa in
Number killed in accident = 2 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 572741
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
P CW2 PERRY HAL EDWARD KIA
P WO1 WONER JOHN PERRY KIA


Accident Summary:

 THE AH-1G, SN 68-15020, PILOTED BY CW2 PERRY AND WO1 WARNER DEPARTED SPARTAN HELIPORT AT BIEN HOA, RVN, AT 0700 HOURS, 9 MARCH 1970 AS THE SECOND AIRCRAFT IN A FLIGHT OF TWO; THE OTHER AIRCRAFT BEING A UH-1C. THEIR MISSION WAS A ROUTINE VISUAL RECONNAISANCE IN AN AREA 15 MILES EAST OF BIEN HOA, RVN. THE UH-1C WAS CONDUCTING LOW LEVEL RECONAISSANCE WHILE THE AH-1G WAS COVERING HIM FROM AN ESTIMATED ALTITUDE OF 700-900 FEET. BOTH AIRCRAFT HAD BEEN ON STATION APPROXIMATELY 20-30 MINUTES WHEN A RADIO CALL WENT OUT OVER THE UNITS COMMAND UHF, "WE ARE GOING DOWN". AT THIS TIEM THE WITNESSES TO THE CRASH WERE FLYING GENERALLY WEST AND A FEW HUNDRED METERS NORTHWEST OF THE CRASH SITE. THE AH-1G WAS FLYING IN THE SAME DIRECTION ALMOST DIRECTLY OVER ITS FINAL RESTING POINT. THE AIRCRAFT WENT INTO AN EXTREME NOSE LOW ATTITUDE. IT THEN BEGAN TO SPIN ABOUT ITS LONITUDINAL AXIS. THE DIRECTION OF SPIN IS UNKNOWN. THE AH-1G IMPACTED THE GROUND IN VERTICAL DECENT AND EXPLODED AND BURNED ON IMPACT. THE WITNESSES STATED THEY THINK THE MAIN ROTOR SEPARATED FROM THE AIRCRAFT PRIOR TO THE IMPACT.\\

This record was last updated on 05/25/1998


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