Helicopter CH-53C 68-10931

Information on U.S. Air Force helicopter CH-53C tail number 68-10931
Date: 03/01/1971
Incident number: 71030122.KIA
Unit: 21 SOS
UTM grid coordinates: TG635243 (To see this location on a map, go to https://legallandconverter.com/p50.html and search on Grid Reference 48QTG635243)
Casualties = 02 KIA . .
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Summary: During a troop insertion in northern Laos, lost one engine due to hostile fire, FEs bailed out, pilots died in crash.
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:

War Story:
CPT Tijerina's casualty message states the CH-53 departed Nakhon Rhanon at 0830 hours local on a classified mission. Last contact was at 1123 hours local. Aircraft crashed and buurned at a classified location in northern Laos at approximately 1130 hours local. Cause of the aircraft crash has not been determined. A ground team is scheduled to be in the crash area on 2 Mar 71 for further investigation. The USAF casualty file states the two pilots were KIA and SSGT name blotted out in report (flight engineer) and SSGT name blotted out in report (flight engineer) were injured when their CH-53 helicopter was struck by hostile fire, crashed and burned. The flight engineers bailed out and were rescued, they were treated for minor abrasions and contusions. The pilot and copilot did not exit the helicopter and sustained fatal injuries in the crash.

This record was last updated on 05/25/1998

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