Helicopter UH-1D 66-16036


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16036
The Army purchased this helicopter 0267
Total flight hours at this point: 00002584
Date: 11/10/1971
Incident number: 711110011ACD Accident case number: 711110011 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 334 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Phu Loi in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 7 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 5
costing 651137
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 CW2 DELANEY JAMES PATRICK KIA
P WO1 KLASSEN FRANCIS JAMES KIA
CE SP4 DELLECKER HENRY FLOYD KIA
G SP4 CLARK JOHN MICHAEL KIA
TO SGT HIGGINS DENNIS MICHAEL KIA

Passengers and/or other participants:
UNK, MFP, G
X1 XUAN, , PX, KIA
1LT JAMES RAYMON HORACE JR, AR, PX, KIA
O3 SJ EFNOR, MS, G


Accident Summary:

 ON THE MORNING OF 10 NOV 71, AT APPROXIMATELY 0230 HOURS, AIRCRAFT TOOK FROM PHU LOI, RVN, WITH A CREW OF FIVE, ENROUTE TO AN ENEMY CONTACT SITE APPROXIMATELY 17 1/2 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SAIGON. TWO AH-1 HELICOPTERS HWO HAD LIFTED OFF FROM PHU LOI APPROXIMATELU 30 MINUTES AHEAD OF ^036^ WERE ORBITING THE CONTACT SITE WHEN THEY WERE CONTACTED BY ^036^ STATING THAT HE WAS ENROUTE TO THEIR POSITION. AIRCRAFT ^036^ WAS THEN DIRECTED TO FLY STRAIGHT TO AN ARVN COMPOUND AND PICKUP AN AMERICAN ADVISOR AND A VIETNAMESE OFFICER. AFTER MAKING THE PICKUP AT THE ARVN COMPOUND, 036 PROCEEDED TO AND TOOK UP AN ORBIT ABOVE THE CONTACT SITE AT APPROXIMATELY 2,000' AGL AND BELOW THE TWO ORBITING AH1'S. DURING THE ORBITING THE PILOT OF ^036^ WAS GIVING INSTRUCTIONS TO THE AH-1 PILOTS WHEN HE STOPPED IN MID-SENTENCE AND ANNOUNCED THAT HE HAD TRANSMISSION FAILURE. HE STARTED A RAPID DESCENDING LEFT TURN. DURING THE DESCENT THE PILOT WAS MONITORED TO SAY THREE TIMES "WATCH MY RPM". THREE TO FIVE SECONDS BEFORE IMPACTING AND EXPLODING THE PILOTS OF THE AH-1'S NOTICED THAT THE LANDING LIGHT CAME ON AND THE RATE OF DESCENT APPEARED TO INCREASE FROM THAT POINT. ALL PERSONS ABOARD ^036^ WERE FATALITIES, AND THE AIRCRAFT TOTALLY DESTROYED.\\

This record was last updated on 02/23/2003


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