Helicopter OH-6A 67-16170


Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A tail number 67-16170
The Army purchased this helicopter 0768
Total flight hours at this point: 00001452
Date: 07/08/1970
Incident number: 70070808.KIA
Unit: 11 BDE
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Recon mission for Unarmed Recon
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was on the Ground at 0000 feet and 000 knots.
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: BS743648
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges. (BOOBY TRAP)
The helicopter was hit in the Fuselage
Systems damaged were: STRUCTURE
Casualties = 01 DOI, 02 INJ . .
Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: OPERA, LNNF, CRAFX, CASRP, FM385 (Operations Report. Lindenmuth New Format Data Base. Crash Facts Message. Casualty Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
PP CPT WADSWORTH JOHN LANIER KIA
P WO1 LATHAM GREGORY LEE


War Story:
Entry #70 1730 hours: (C) 11th Bde, Sgt Marquez, Bde Avn, (EN) BS752654 at 1610H. LOH went down to pick up docu. When acft took off rec 1 x explo. Unk if explo came form bag of docu or a mine under LOH. Res: 1 US KIA, 2 X US WIA (E). Aircraft was a total loss. Dustoff completed to LZ Bronco.

I assume that the helicopter went down to extract captured documents. There were two crewmembers that were evacuated.

This Operational Report Lessons Learned entry appears to be related to this specific incident: page 66

CONFIDENTIAL

AVDF-HL 10 August 1970

SUBJECT: Operational Report -- Lessons Learned, Americal Division, Period Ending 31 July 1970, (RCS-CSFOR-65) (R2) (U)

7. (C) SUBJECT: Exploitation of Contact Areas

a. Observation: An OH-6 aircraft from the Brigade Aviation section, while flying a visual reconnaissance mission, was completely destroyed when the aircraft landed to retrieve what appeared to be a bag of enemy documents.

b. Evaluation: The LOH has sighted and engaged three enemy soldiers, killing two and wounding one. The aircraft landed and a crew member captured the casualty, retrieved two bags of documents and weapons. The aircraft returned to the Fire Support Base, released the prisoner to medical personnel, turned in the weapons and documents to the S2, refueled and proceeded back to the same area. The pilot saw what appeared to be a third bag of documents exposed. He landed a crew member retrieved the bag and was putting them in the LOH when an explosion occurred, engulfing the aircraft in flames. One crew member was killed and one required medical evaluation from shrapnel wounds and burns received. it was not determined if the bag was booby-trapped, or if the crew member or prop wash triggered a booby-trap in close proximity to the LOH. However, a sufficient amount of time had elapsed from the initial engagement and the return trip for the enemy to have baited a trap in the form of a booby-trapped bag.

c. Recommendation: That air/cav troops, provisional VR teams, and aviation sections be made aware that once contacts have been exploited and the area has not been kept under continuous surveillance, the unit must exercise extreme caution in inserting aero rifle platoons, crew members or personnel on the ground to retrieve enemy equipment, weapons, of documents.

WO1 Gregory L. Latham, 11 Brigade treated at B 23 Medical with 1st and 2nd degree burns to face and PFC Danny L. Aklen? also Headquarters and Headquarter Comapny 11 Brigade treated at 27 Surgical Chu Lai with 1st and 2nd degree wounds 1st and 2nd degree burns to both hands and face. CPT John Lanier Wadsworth, COD Multiple Frag Wounds to head, chest and abdomen with 4th Degree burns to 100% of body. From: Chuck Seketa

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