Helicopter CH-47C 67-18545


Information on U.S. Army helicopter CH-47C tail number 67-18545
The Army purchased this helicopter 0768
Total flight hours at this point: 00001929
Date: 04/02/1971
Incident number: 710402041ACD Accident case number: 710402041 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 180 ASHC
This was a Accident incident.
The station for this helicopter was Tuy Hoa in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 1 . . Injured = 4 . . Passengers = 1
costing 1735361
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 O1 JC ARCHER
AC CW2 MEADE JAMES ROBERT KIA
CE E5 KJ MOTT
G E4 VA LAVERGHETTA

Passengers and/or other participants:
O4 AR CYR, LCO, G


Accident Summary:

 AT APPROXIMATELY 1200 HOURS, 2 APRIL 1971, THE PREVIOUSLY DESCRIBED AIRCRAFT WAS TAXIING FROM THE TUY HOA ARMY AIRFIELD POL TO IT'S REVETMENT AREA. THE AIRCRAFT WAS, BY ALL ACCOUNTS, FUNCTIONING NORMALLY AND NO DIFFICULTIES WERE REPORTED. A FULL LOAD OF FUEL WAS ON BOARD BUT NO CARGO WAS CARRIED. THE CREW WAS RETURNING TO TUY HOA FOR THE NOON MEAL.\\ CONSIDERED TO BE A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR. THE RAMP AREA WAS DRY AND AFFORDED GOOD TRACTION AS THE AIRCRAFT TAXIED TO THE REVETMENT. THE AIRCRAFT ENTERED THE RAMP AREA VIA TAXIWAY "D" AND PROCEEDED IN A SOUTHEASTERLY DIRECTION UNTIL IT COME ABREAST OF THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE REVETMENT AREA. AT THAT TIME THE AIRCRAFT TURNED TO AN EASTERLY HEADING AND CONTINUED TO TAXI UNTIL IT HAD CROSSED THE TAXI LINES ON THE RAMP TO THE SOUTHEAST. IT THEN TURNED PARALLEL TO THE TAXI LINES AND PROCEEDED UNTIL IT WAS PERPENDICULAR TO THE TAXI LINES LEADING INTO THE REVETMENT. THE AIRCRAFT THEN TURNED STRAIGHT INTO THE REVETMENT. THEN, WHEN THE NOSE OF THE AIRCRAFT WAS NEARING THE CONFINES OF THE REVETMENT AREA, IT TURNED LEFT (RELATIVE TO THE REVETMENT AS THE AIRCRAFT FACED IT) AND WHILE ATTEMPTING TO TURN FURTHER LEFT OUT OF THE REVETMENT IT EXPERIENCED A BLADE STRIKE ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE SOUTHEAST WALL. AT THIS TIME THE AIRCRAFT ROSE INTO THE AIR, WENT OVER THE REVETMENT WALL, BURST INTO FLAMES AND WAS TOTALLY DESTROYED BY THOSE FLAMES.\\

This record was last updated on 09/20/1998


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