Helicopter UH-1H 67-17532


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17532
The Army purchased this helicopter 0568
Total flight hours at this point: 00001495
Date: 12/16/1970
Incident number: 701216121ACD Accident case number: 701216121 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 358 AVN DET
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: BS565325
Number killed in accident = 6 . . Injured = 5 . . Passengers = 7
costing 440145
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 JR ROCCA
P WO1 WILLIAMS FRED ALBERT KIA
CE SP5 FRYE STARR FREDERICK KIA
G E3 RG VASQUEZ

Passengers and/or other participants:
UNKNOWN, PAX, D
UNKNOWN, PAX, D
UNKNOWN, PAX, D
UNKNOWN, PAX, A
UNKNOWN, PAX, A
CW2 DANNA JOSEPH JOHN JR, AR, PX, KIA
SP4 GILMOR DAVID LEE, AR, PX, KIA


Accident Summary:

This major aircraft accident involved a UH-1H being used to transport passengers in the Republic of Vietnam. After the aircraft picked up an unknown number of passengers, estimates being that a total of 11 or 12 persons were aboard, made a low level takeoff downwind followed by a low level turn to the left. At a distance of approximately 600 feet from its takeoff point, the left skid and main rotor blades of the helicopter struck the ground and the aircraft momentarily became airborne again until it finally came to rest on its left side 300 feet beyond the initial touch down point. The aircraft was totally destroyed by post crash fire. It is estimated that 6 of the personnel aboard the aircraft when the accident occurred sustained fatal injuries.

This record was last updated on 04/06/2009


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