Helicopter UH-1D 66-16632


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16632
The Army purchased this helicopter 0767
Total flight hours at this point: 00001362
Date: 07/26/1970
Incident number: 700726071ACD Accident case number: 700726071 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 498 MED
The station for this helicopter was Qui Nhon in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 1 . . Injured = 3 . . Passengers = 2
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 RT NORTON
P WO1 PARKER WILLIAM AVALON KIA
CE E3 L KNOWLES

Passengers and/or other participants:
E5 RA HISE, M, D
E3 M BROWN, PAX, D


Accident Summary:

 ON 26 JULY 1970 ^NORTON, ROBERT T., WO1, 450-58-4459,^ AND THE CREW ABOARD HIS HSIP DEPARTED LZ ENGLISH ENROUTE TO LOU DO BEACH, GRID COORDINATES BR 9794. THE TRIP FROM LZ ENGLISH TO LOU DO BEACH WAS MADE AT LOW ALTITUDE OVER THE ENTIRE ROUTE. THE SHIP LEFT FOUR PASSENGERS OFF AND PICKED UP ONE PASSENGER. THE SHIP DEPARTED THE PAD AT LOU DO BEACH AND PROCEEDED DOWN THE BEACH AT AN APPROXIMATE HEADING OF 160. AT APPROXIMATELY 2200 FEET DOWN THE BEACH AT AN APPROXIMATE HEADING OF 160. AT APPROXIMATELY 2200 FEET DOWN THE BEACH THE SHIP BEGAN A STEEP TURN TO THE LEFT. THE ALTITUDE WAS ESTIMATED TO BE 40 FEET WHEN THE TURN WAS INITIATED. THE AIRCRAFT APPARANTLY BEGAN TO SETTLE AND CONSEQUENTLY THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES STRUCK THE WATER ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE SHIP. AT THIS TIME THE SHIP PITCHED FORWARD AND ROLLED TO THE RIGHT. THE RIGHT FRONT CABIN SECTION STRUCK THE WATER AND THE SHIP INVERTED. AT THIS POINT THE AIRCRAFT BEGAN TO DISINTEGRATE. THE ACTUAL CRASH SITE WAS APPROXIMATELY 120 AT 700 FEET OFFSHORE FROM WHERE THE TURN WAS INITIATED. FOUR SURVIVORS OF THE CRASH WERE RESCUED BY A SPEEDBOAT AND ^PARKER, WILLIAM A., WO1, 419-48-0235,^ EXPIRED AS A RESULT OF THE CRASH. HIS BODY WAS RECOVERED 20 MINUTES LATER BY SWIMMERS IN THE AREA.\\

This record was last updated on 09/20/1998


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