Helicopter OH-6A 67-16384

Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A tail number 67-16384
The Army purchased this helicopter 1068
Total flight hours at this point: 00001077
Date: 11/24/1970 MIA-POW file reference number: 1678
Incident number: 70112424.KIA
Unit: A/2/17 CAV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Recon mission for Armed Recon
While in Operations Area this helicopter was at Level Flight at 0025 feet and 080 knots.
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XD920237 (To see this location on a map, go to https://legallandconverter.com/p50.html and search on Grid Reference 48QXD920237)
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)
The helicopter was hit in the Engine Compartment
Systems damaged were: ENGINE, STRUCTURE, PERSONNEL
Casualties = 01 DOI, 01 INJ . .
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 Reference Notes. Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: 1678, LNNF, JSIDR, CASRP, FM385, CRAFX (Lindenmuth New Format Data Base. Joint Services Incident Damage Report. Crash Facts Message. Casualty Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:

REFNO Synopsis:
McINTOSH, IAN Name: Ian McIntosh Rank/Branch: W1/US Army Unit: Company A, 2nd Battalion, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division Date of Birth: 21 September 1945 (Scotland) Home City of Record: St. Catherine's, Ontario, Canada Date of Loss: 24 November 1970 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 162919N 1064756E (XD920237) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 4 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: OH6A Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing) REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: The OH6A Cayuse (commonly called "Loach") was the result of the U.S. Defense Department's vision of a single helicopter able to perform such duties as personnel or cargo transport, light ground attack, casualty evacuation, observation, and photographic reconnaissance. It proved most effective at visual reconnaissance, however, searching out the enemy even in heavily defended areas, as the crew peered through gaps in the jungle canopy from the oval pod-shaped aircraft. On November 24, 1970, WO1 Ian McIntosh was an observer on an OH1A helicopter (tail number 67-16484), flown by Capt. Robert J. Young, on an armed reconnaissance mission with two Cobra gunships southeast of Khe Sanh. The aircraft had been flying for approximately an hour and 3 minutes when the crew observed what appeared to be a new NVA living area. The Cobra gunships engaged the target, and the OH6A subsequently entered the target area to assess the damage. The OH6A was hit by automatic rifle fire on the underside in the left front area where WO1 McIntosh was sitting (nearly the entire front from above head level to below knee level was glass). Capt. Young immediately left the target area, noticing that WO1 McIntosh was in a great deal of pain and trying to straighten up. At that time, the aircraft engine quit, so the pilot attempted to land in an open area. The aircraft burst into flames before crashing in the vicinity. Capt. Young believed WO McIntosh died shortly after the crash. The flames were starting to enter the cockpit, so the pilot pulled himself out, and just as he got out, the aircraft became engulfed in flames. Three minutes later, the helicopter exploded with WO1 McIntosh still inside.

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