Helicopter CH-47C 68-15869


Information on U.S. Army helicopter CH-47C tail number 68-15869
The Army purchased this helicopter 0569
Total flight hours at this point: 00000797
Date: 01/30/1971
Incident number: 710130011ACD Accident case number: 710130011 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 180 ASHC
This was a Accident incident.
The station for this helicopter was Tuy Hoa in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: CQ194252
Number killed in accident = 3 . . Injured = 2 . . Passengers = 1
costing 1825248
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 CW2 JASINSKI RONALD NORMAN KIA
P W2 MA INDRIERI
CE SP4 ELL ALLEN CHARLES KIA
G CPL DUNCAN JAMES PAUL KIA

Passengers and/or other participants:
SUPERZERO, LCO, G


Accident Summary:

 AT APPROXIMATELY 2100, 29 JAN, BIG WINDY 869 AND 81M WERE ALERTED FORA COMBAT ESSENTIAL MISSION. AT 0400, 30 JAN, BIG WINDY 869 DEPARTED SOUTH BEACH WITH A INTERNAL LOAD OF TENT PEGS AND GARBAGE CAN WEIGHTING 700 LVS AND A SLING LOAD WEIGHING APPROXIMATELY 9200 LBS. BIG WINDY 817 DEPARTED SEVERAL MINUTES LATER ALSO CARRYING A SLING LOAD.\\ RADIO COMMUNICATIONS DIFFICULTIES WITH RADAR CONTROL WERE EXPERIENCED. DURING THE FLIGHT, COMMUNICATIONS WERE SPASMOTIC. THE TWO AIRCRAFT WERE VECTORED ON NUMEROUS HEADINGS AND ALTITUDE CHANGES FROM 1700 FT TO 6500 FT. AT 0521, RADAR CONTROL INFORMED BIG WINDY 869 THAT TUY HOA WAS 16 MILES AT 12 O'CLOCK POSITION. BIG WINDY 869 WAS CLEARED TO DESCEND TO 4000. AT 0524, BIG WINDY 817 REPORTED TUY HOA IN SIGHT AND CANCELLED RADAR SERVICE. AT THIS TIME 869 CALLED TO ASK THEIR POSITION FROM THE COAST. RADAR REPORTED 11 MILES SSE OF TUY HOA. 869 MADE SEVERAL GARBLED TRANSMISSIONS AT 0526. 869 REPORTED AT 2800 FT NEGATIVE VISUAL CONTACT AND REQUESTED ADVICE ON WHEN NEAR THE COAST OR RADAR CONTACT LOST. THIS WAS THE LAST TRANSMISSION BETWEEN 869 AND RADAR CONTROL.\\ 817 OVER FM. 817 ADVISED 869 TO TURN EAST BECAUSE OF MOUNTAINS. AT THIS TIME 817 WAS AT 2500 FT.\\ OF THE EXTERNAL LOAD AND SUSPECTED VERTIGO. THE CONTROLS WERE EXCHANGED BETWEEN THE PILOTS SEVERAL TIMES. AT TIMES, BOTH WERE ON THE CONTROLS. WHILE ATTEMPTING TO TURN RIGHT BACK TO TUY HOA, THE SLING LOAD STRUCK A MOUNTAIN AND THEN THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK THE MOUNTAIN AND ROLLED ON ITS LEFT SIDE.\\

This record was last updated on 11/07/2011


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