Helicopter CH-47B 66-19143


Information on U.S. Army helicopter CH-47B tail number 66-19143
The Army purchased this helicopter 0867
Total flight hours at this point: 00001800
Date: 10/26/1971 MIA-POW file reference number: 1775
Incident number: 711026111ACD Accident case number: 711026111 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 68 AVN
This was a Accident incident.
The station for this helicopter was Camp Holloway in Over Water
Number killed in accident = 10 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 5
costing 1728310
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Reference Notes. Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: 1775 ()
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC CW2 MAQUILING LEONARD GIDEON KIA
P WO1 TRUDEAU ALBERT RAYMOND BNR
CE SP4 EVELAND MICKEY EUGENE BNR
G PFC GREEN THOMAS FREDERICK BNR
FE SP5 LAUTZENHEISER MICHAEL BNR

Passengers and/or other participants:
SP5 NICKOL ROBERT ALLEN, AR, PX, BNR
SSG FINGER SANFORD IRA, AR, PX, BNR
SGT HIMES EDWARD LOUIS, AR, PX, KIA
SSG FALKNER RUFUS PERRY JR, AR, PX, KIA
SFG SKINNER JAMES CRAWFORD, AR, PX, KIA


REFNO Synopsis:
SYNOPSIS: Before dawn on the morning of October 26, 1971, Mickey Eveland was awakened by his assistant platoon leader, G.J. Curry and told that he was needed as crew chief for a resupply flight from Camp Holloway at Pleiku to Cha Rang Valley and An Son. SP4 Walia, the crew's usual crew chief had to be present at a promotion board that day, so Mickey Eveland was selected to fill in for him. Pvt. Green, gunner; WO Albert Trudeau, pilot; CWO Leonard Maquiling, aircraft commander; SP5 Michael Lautzenheiser, the flight engineer; were also awakened. The crew flew from the 52nd Aviation Battalion, "Flying Dragons". Mickey had a hard time waking up, and Curry had to return to reawaken him. Maquiling, the oldest of the crew, had just turned 23; Trudeau had just turned 22. Eveland and Green were barely 19. Mike was 20. The CH47B, serial #66-19143, call sign Warrior 143, departed Camp Holloway at 0750 that morning and arrived at An Son at 0900 hours after a stop at Cha Rang Valley. While at An Son, the aircraft received further orders to fly to Cam Ranh Bay with a stop at Tuy Hoa. The helicopter arrived at Tuy Hoa at 1115 hours and departed there at 1350 hours. Shortly after departure from Tuy Hoa, Trudeau radioed that he had 10 people aboard and expected to arrive at Cam Ranh Bay at 1420 hours. He had taken on 6 passengers for the flight, Finger, Nickol, and three others. The weather was expected to worsen south of Tuy Hoa, and the pilot was cautioned to contact Coastal Center for weather conditions. The last time anyone saw Warrior 143, it was near Nha Trang, headed south into bad weather. Search and Rescue was initiated at 1555 hours. Between October 27 and November 1, debris identified as being from 143 was found washed ashore on Hon Tre island, just offshore from Nha Trang. The condition of the debris recovered indicated that the aircraft had struck the water at high speed. In all, four crew members' remains were found during the search period. However, there was no sign of Eveland, Trudeau, Nickol, Green, Finger or Lautzenheiser. An extensive search continued through November 9, without success. In 1972, the missing crew members were declared Killed in Action, Body Not Recovered. An additional recovery attempt was made based on the possible sighting of the wreckage of the aircraft on October 9, 1974. Two South Vietnamese scuba divers spent 1 hour and 30 minutes each in an underwater search, but did not locate the wreckage.


Accident Summary:

 THE FLIGHT MISSION FOR ^WARRIOR 66-19143^, A CH-47B, REQUIRED A FLIGHT FROM CAMP HOLLOWAY TO CHA RANG VALLEY AND AN SON. THE CREWMEMBERS WERE: ^LEONARD G. MAGUILING, CW2, 576-52-3916^, AIRCRAFT COMMANDER; ^ALBERT R. TRADEAU, WO1, 006-50-2412^, PILOT; ^MICHAEL I. LAUTZENHEISER, SP5, 311-50-5609,^ FLIGHT ENGINEER; ^MICKEY E. EVELAND, SP4 547-90-5665^, CREW CHIEF; AND ^THOMAS F. GREEN, FPC,^ ^572-86-9897^, GUNNER. AT 0750 HOURS ^WARRIOR 143^ DEPARTED CAMP HOLLOWAY WITH CARGO AND TWO PASSENGERS. THE AIRCRAFT DROPPED OFF ITS CARGO AND TWO PASSENGERS AT CHA RANG VALLEY AND WENT ON TO AN SON ARRIVING THERE AT 0900 HOURS. AT AN SON ^WARRIOR 143^ RECEIVED A MISSION TO PROCEED TO CAM RANH BAY WITH A STOP AT TUY HOA. ^WARRIOR 143^ LEFT AN SON WITH CARGO AND EIGHT PASSENGERS ARRIVING IN TUY HOA 1115 HOURS. THE AIRCRAFT WAS REFUELED AND SHUTDOWN. THE CARGO AND FOUR PASSENGERS GOT OFF, AND THE CREW HAD LUNCH. AT APPROXIMATELY 1340 ^WARRIOR 143^ PICKED UP ONE MORE PASSENGER. AT 1350, ^WARRIOR 143^ TOOK OFF CALLING TYY HOA RADIO AND STATING HIS ETA TO CAM RANH BAY WAS 1420 WITH TEN PERSONS ON BOARD. THE CALL TO TUY HOA RADIO BY ^WARRIOR 143^ WAS MONITORED BY BIG WINDY 519, A CH-47C, WHO WAS FLYING TO SAIGON FOR MAINTENANCE. HE HAD CALLED OFF TUY HOA A FEW MINUTES AHEAD OF ^WARRIOR 143^. BIG WINDY 519 WENT AS FAR SOUTH ALONG THE COAST AS THE DETERIORATING WEATHER WOULD ALLOW, AND THEN RETURNED TO TUY HOA. AS HE WAS COMPLETING HIS 180 DEGREE TURN, BOTH PILOTS OBSERVED ANOTHER CH-47 CONTINUING ON SOUTH AND ENTERING A HEAVY RAINSHOWER. RADIO CONTACT WITH ^WARRIOR 143^ WAS ATTEMPTED WITH NO REPLY. HE THEN CALLED TUY HOA RADIO AND PASSED ALONG THE INFORMATION. BIG WINDY ARRIVED BACK AT TUY HOA RADIO REPORTED ^WARRIOR 143^ OVERDUE HIS POSITION REPORT. AT 1430, A CHECK BY RADIO WAS INITIATED. PLEIKU RADIO STATED THAT ^WARRIOR 143^ WAS DOWN AT NHA TRANG. AT 1555 HOURS, WARRIOR OPERATIONS REQUEST VERIFICATION THAT ^WARRIOR 143^ WAS ON THE RAMP. ^WARRIOR 143^ WAS NOT LOCATED. A CHECK ALSO REVEALED THAT THERE WERE NO OTHER CH-47'S FLYING IN THE AREA EXCEPT FOR BIG WINDY 519. AT 1830 TON SON NHUT SRCC CALLED 17TH AVN GP AND STATED THAT A KING AIRCRAFT WOULD BE OVERHEAD AM THE 27TH OF OCTOBER TO ASSIST IN THE SEARCH FOR ^WARRIOR 143^. AT 1930 A REPORT FRO M GHOST RIDER 3 STATED THERE WAS SOMETHING AT EITHER GRID CP 0597 OR CP 0984. AT 2150 A U.S. NAVY VISUAL RECON FAILED TO LOCATE ANYTHING IN THOSE AREAS. DURING THE NEXT 14 DAYS THE SEARCH EFFORT UTILIZED U.S. ARMY, U.X. NAVY, AND VIETNAMESE NAVY ASSETS. IN THE FIRST FOUR DAYS OF THE SEARCH THREE BODIES, A LEG AND A PARTIAL TORSO WERE RECOVERED. TWO OF THE BODIES WERE IDENTIFIED BY NAME AND WERE PLACED AS HAVING BEEN ON ^WARRIOR 143^ WHEN IT DEPARTED TUY HOA. THE REMAINING SIX BODIES ARE MISSING.\\

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