Helicopter UH-1H 67-17744


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17744
The Army purchased this helicopter 0868
Total flight hours at this point: 00002537
Date: 07/16/1970
Incident number: 700716041ACD Accident case number: 700716041 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 335 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Bear Cat in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 1 . . Injured = 3 . . Passengers = 3
costing 305145
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:
AC W1 JF GOLINSKI
P WO1 KRUMREI DONALD ALAN KIA
CE E4 JA ESPOSITO
G E3 R SOTO

Passengers and/or other participants:
LC LOCAL, LCO, G
, TIP, G
, GM, G


Accident Summary:

 UH-1H HELICOPTER ^37-17744^ DEPARTED BEARCAT, RVN AT 0725 HOURS ON 16 JULY 1970 TO JOIN A FLIGHT OF FOUR OTHER UH-1 HELICOPTERS AT BEN TRE AIRFIELD. AFTER A SHORT STOP AT TAN AN AIRFIELD (TO PICK UP SOME SMOKE GRENADES) AND A PILOT BRIEFING AT BEN TRE, THIS HELICOPTER WAS FLYING IN CHALK 3 POSITION ON A COMBAT ASSAULT MISSION. IT WAS ON THE THIRD APPROACH TO THE PECK UP ZONE THAT THE ACCIDENT OCCURED. ^WO-1 KRUMREI^ WAS ATTEMPTING TO LAND NEAR THE ROAD WHERE THE TROOPS WERE WAITING TO LOAD ONTO THE HELICOPTERS. THE AIRCRAFT WAS IN A STEEP DECELERATING ATTITUDE (FLARE) AS IT APPROACHED THE DITCH NEAR THE ROAD. WHILE STILL MOVING FORWARD AT ABOUT 5-10 FEET ABOVE THE WATER IN THE DITCH, THE HELICOPTER SUDDENLY STARTED TO LEVEL, SPUN RAPIDLY TOTHE RIGHT ABOUT 180 DEGREES, AND LANDED ABRUPTLY ON ITS LEFT SIDE IN TWO OR THREE FEET OF WATER.\\

This record was last updated on 09/20/1998


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