Information on U.S. Army helicopter AH-1G tail number 68-15121
Incident number: 700502181ACD Accident case number: 700502181 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 11 ACR
The station for this helicopter was Quan Loi in
Number killed in accident = 2 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.
P CW2 DAVIS WILLIAM WESLEY KIA
AC WO1 GREENLEE STEVEN JOSEPH KIA
THE BOARD HAS DETERMINED THAT THE AH-1G AND THE O-2A RAN TOGETHER. WITNESSES STATE IT APPEARED THAT THE O-2A WAS IN A CLIMBING RIGHT HAND TURN, HEADED GENERALLY IN A SOUTHWEST DIRECTION WHEN THE MID-AIR OCCURRED. THE AH-1G WAS MAKING LEFT HAND ORBITS AND WAS IN A SHALLOW DESCENT, ESTIMATED TO BE NOT MORE THAN 500 FEET PER MINUTE. THE BOARD CONCLUDED THAT THE TWO AIRCRAFT RAN TOGETHER CONTACTING THE LEFT WING AND COCKPIT AREA OF THE O-2A WITH THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES OF THE AH-1G. THE AIRCRAFT DID NOT HIT EXACTLY HEAD-ON, BUT OFF CENTER TO THE LEFT OF EACH RESPECTIVELY. ON IMPACT WITH THE O-2A, THE AH-1G MAIN ROTOR SYSTEM SEPARATED FROM THE MAST. THE AH-1G FELL TO THE GROUND WITHOUT ANY NOTICEABLE TUMBLE OR GYRATIONS. JUST BEFORE IMPACT WITH THE GROUND, THE AH-1G ROLLED TO ITS RIGHT SIDE. THE AIR FORCE O-2A'S LEFT WING WAS SEVERED APPROXIMATELY 6 TO 8 FEET FROM THE TIP. THE AIRCRAFT WAS LITERALLY TORN APART BY THE COLLISION; AND, THE WRECKAGE WAS SCATTERED OVER A WIDE AREA OF GROUND IN THICK BAMBOO JUNGLE. PARTS THAT WERE IDENTIFIBLE WERE AN ENGINE, NOSE COWLING SECTION WITH PART OF THE INSTRUMENT PANEL, PIECES OF THE TAIL BOOM, AND THE PIECE OF WING.\\
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