Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A tail number 67-16134
The Army purchased this helicopter 0668
Total flight hours at this point: 00000564
Incident number: 70070817.KIA
Unit: C/7/17 CAV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Recon mission for Unarmed Recon
While On Target this helicopter was Attacking at 0015 feet and 010 knots.
UTM grid coordinates: BS917075
Count of hits was not possible because the helicopter burned or exploded.
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 03 WIA . .
The helicopter Crashed. 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, JSIDR, CRAFX, FM385, CASRP, 7/17 Cav History (Operations Report. Lindenmuth New Format Data Base. Joint Services Incident Damage Report. Crash Facts Message. Casualty Report. )
Summary: LOH took intense fire when CPT Speare was given Scout orientation to Dickus. LOH crashed and burned.
Loss to Inventory
P W1 DICKUS MICHAEL KIA
AC O3 SPEARE BARRY
OB E5 LASSITER
The 7/17th Cav history states that CPT Barry Speare was flying a C Troop LOH with WO1 Michael Dickus as his observer and SGT Lassiter as the back seater. Barry was giving Dickus his orientation as a Scout in an AO near LZ English. The LOH took intense ground fire, crashed and burned. Barry and SGT Lassiter were not hurt but Dickus was badly burned. He was evaced to Japan and died on the 18th as a result of these burns.
This record was last updated on 12/26/2000
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