Helicopter OH-6A 68-17177


Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A tail number 68-17177
The Army purchased this helicopter 0569
Total flight hours at this point: 00000743
Date: 11/24/1970
Incident number: 701124121ACD Accident case number: 701124121 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 198 BDE
The station for this helicopter was Chu Lai in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: BS656962
Number killed in accident = 3 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 2
costing 260021
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 RICHARD PHILIP EUGENE INJ

Passengers and/or other participants:
SP4 GEHRT MICHAEL DAVID, AR, PX, KIA
CW2 STORIE WILLARD GENE, AR, PX, KIA


Accident Summary:

 AIRCRAFT SHORTLY AFTER TAKE-OFF FROM FIELD LOCATION AND CLIMBING TO APPROXIMATELY 100 FEET AND 60 KNOTS. THE PILOT RADIOED THE AIRCRAFT WAS EXPERIENCING AN ENGINE FAILURE AND EXECUTED A 180 DEGREE TURN RETURN TO THE TAKE OFF LOCATION DOWN WIND. THE AIRCRAFT LANDED WITH FORWARD SPEED. UPON INPACT THE SKIDS STUCK IN THE MUD CAUSING THE AIRCRAFT TO TURN END OVER END AND BURST INTO FLAMES. THE AIRCRAFT WAS DESTROYED BY THE CRASH FIRE.\\

This record was last updated on 07/16/2008


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