Helicopter UH-1H 66-16985


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16985
The Army purchased this helicopter 1067
Total flight hours at this point: 00001982
Date: 06/11/1970
Incident number: 700611231ACD Accident case number: 700611231 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: C/229 AVN
The station for this helicopter was Tay Ninh in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 6 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 3
costing 530145
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:
P WO1 BULLOCH JAMES GRADY KIA
CE SGT UHL RAYMOND RIEDE KIA
G SGT TAYLOR ALONZO HUGHES KIA
PX SP4 DOSSETT JOHN ADRIAN JR KIA
PX SP4 MEYER FRANKLIN DELANO KIA

Passengers and/or other participants:
SP4 BERGQUIST VERNON GAIL, AR, PX, KIA


Accident Summary:

 AIRCRAFT 985 HAD FLOWN MISSIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE 8TH ENGINEER BN. DURING THE DAY. THE CREW CONSISTED OF BULLOCK (AC), GARDNER (P), UHL (CE), AND TAYLOR (G). UPON RELEASE FROM THE MISSIONS AT PHUOC VINH AT APPROXIMATELY 1900 HOURS, GARDNER DEPARTED THE AIRCRAFT TO REMAIN OVERNIGHT AT PHUOC VINH, AND BULLOCK PREPARED TO DEPART PHUOC VINH FOR HIS HOMESTATION AT TAY NINH. AT THAT TIME, UHL GOT INTO THE PILOTS SEAT AND THREE PASSENGERS (DOSSETT, BERGQUIST, AND MEYER) BOARDED THE AIRCRAFT. THE AIRCRAFT DEPARTED PHUOC VINH AND FORMED UP IN A FLIGHT WITH FOUR AIRCRAFT OF THE BATTALION (745, 571, 985, ALL OF CO C, 229 AND 095 CO A). THE FLIGHT LEADER WAS AIRCRAFT 745. PRIOR TO REACHING TAY NINH, A SEVERE LOCAL THUNDERSTORM MOVED INTO THE AREA. ALL FOUR AIRCRAFT ATTEMPTED TO PENETRATE THE STORM IN AN EFFORT TO REACH HOME STATION. AIRCRAFT 745 REACHED TAY NINH AT 2015 HOURS. AIRCRAFT 571 AND 095 CHOSE TO LAND AT DAU TIENG AFTER DOING A 180 DEGREE TURN OUT OF THE STORM. THE INTENTIONS OF 985 ARE UNKNOWN. THE LAST RADIO TRANSMISSION FROM 985 WAS MONITORED BY OPERATIONS PERSONNEL OF C CO/229TH AT 2020 HOURS. AT APPROXIMATELY 2200 HOURS, THE WRECKAGE OF 985 WAS LOCATED. THERE WAS A SMALL EXPLOSION, FIRE, AND THERE WERE NO SURVIVORS.\\

This record was last updated on 09/20/1998


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