Helicopter UH-1H 66-16917


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16917
The Army purchased this helicopter 1067
Total flight hours at this point: 00002400
Date: 10/22/1971
Incident number: 711022151ACD Accident case number: 711022151 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 116 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Marble Mountain in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 4 . . Injured = 4 . . Passengers = 5
costing 515745
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 WO1 BARNES ROY DWIGHT KIA
P WO1 BRANNON PAT GERARD KIA
CE SP5 DYE DANIEL GROVER KIA
G E4 WC LYLE

Passengers and/or other participants:
E4 MJ PETERSON, PAX, D
E4 RJ SIMONSE, PAX, D
O3 RR BROWN, LCO, G
SGT MAGGIO RANDALL EUGENE, AR, PX, KIA
O2 HL ROBERTSON, PAX, D


Accident Summary:

 AIRCRAFT WAS FLYING A RESUPPLY MISSION. THE AIRCRAFT DEPARTED FROM THE CHU LAI AIRFIELD TO THE PROPOSED RESUPPLY POINT IN ELEPHANT VALLEY ABOUT 15 MILES TO THE NORTHWEST. THE WEATHER WHICH WAS ALREADY BAD BECAME WORSE FORCING THE AIRCRAFT TO FLY LOW LEVEL AND FINALLY ABORT THE FIRST ATTEMPT OF THE RESUPPLY. THE AIRCRAFT RETURNED TO THE CHU LAI AREA AND CHOSE A NEW ROOUTE. THE NEW ROUTE WAS UP A VALLEY AND AGAIN WEATHER FORCED THE AIRCRAFT TO FLY LOW LEVEL. THE AIRCRAFT FINALLY FLEW INTO IFR CONDITIONS AND DURING THE FOLLOWING SECONDS CRASHED INTO THE SIDE OF THE VALLEY.\\

This record was last updated on 09/20/1998


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