Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 65-09494
Incident number: 700606131ACD Accident case number: 700606131 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 116 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XS586812
Number killed in accident = 1 . . Injured = 3 . . Passengers = 0
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
AC W2 LA TWEEDIE
P 1LT MARTIN JERRY LEWIS KIA
CE E5 G MOHRLAND
G E3 NE SMITH
The flight was an aerial armed escort mission which originated at Cu Chi base camp at 0715. The aircraft involved was the second gunship of a light fire team on station at a PZ waiting for the flight of four UH-1H's to return for the second extraction. While flying a left hand orbit at approximately 100 feet and 65-70 knots AGL the aircraft assumed a shallow descent angle until striking the ground in a skid level attitude with a tail low condition. The aircraft bounced once over a stream and hitting nose low and on the second impact began to tumble end over end. The main rotor assembly separated at the mast and the tail boom and engine also seperated. The pilot was thrown from the aircraft when the seat restraints failed. The aircraft came to rest right side up after traveling approximately 100 meters from the initial point of impact. There was no fire, probably due to the fact that the engine separated from the main body of the aircraft.
This record was last updated on 05/25/1998
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