Helicopter AH-1G 66-15340

Information on U.S. Army helicopter AH-1G tail number 66-15340
The Army purchased this helicopter 1267
Total flight hours at this point: 00001509
Date: 02/05/1971 MIA-POW file reference number: 1699
Incident number: 710205091ACD
Unit: D/3/5 CAV
This was an Operational Loss caused by an accident by Accident with the mission function of Armed Visual Reconnaissance
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XD865443 (To see this location on a map, go to https://legallandconverter.com/p50.html and search on Grid Reference 48QXD865443)
Casualties = YES . .
Search and rescue operations were Not Required
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center AVDAC database. Defense Intelligence Agency Reference Notes. Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: 1699 ()
Loss to Inventory and Helicopter was not recovered

Crew Members:

REFNO Synopsis:
SYNOPSIS: WO1 James L. Paul, co-pilot,and WO1 Carl M. Wood, pilot, were flying a Cobra gunship (tail #66-15340) on an extraction mission on February 5, 1971, in the general vicinity of Khe Sanh, Military Region 1, South Vietnam. Shortly after the start of the extraction, WO1 Paul's aircraft entered a heavy cloud cover which forced the pilot to go on instruments to climb out of the weather. It was during the climb that the Cobra impacted a mountainside and exploded. Aircraft accompanying the Cobra immediately began a visual reconnaissance of the area and sighted the crash. Ground search teams were inserted and a 50 meter area surrounding the crash was searched. The search indicated there had been a violent explosion upon impact. WO1 Wood's remains were recovered from the wreckage of the aircraft. Weather delayed further search until February 10, 1971, during which a baseball cap containing Paul`s name, a watch, part of a ring and map and a chinstrap were found 1 meter from the wreckage. The team also discovered an unidentifiable hand under the wreckage. Search was discontinued, and from all indications, it was determined that Paul was dead.

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