Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-13S tail number 63-09153
Incident number: F192ACD Accident case number: F192
Unit: B/1/9 CAV 1 CAV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Recon mission for Unarmed Recon
While in Operations Area this helicopter was in Orbit at 0700 feet and 070 knots.
Count of hits was not possible because the helicopter burned or exploded.
Systems damaged were: UNK
Casualties = 02 DOI . . Number killed in accident = 1 . . Injured = 1 . . Passengers = 0
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
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. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: OPERA, LNNF, CRAFX, FM232, CASRP (Operations Report. Lindenmuth New Format Data Base. Crash Facts Message. Casualty Report. )
Summary: Source indicate to the VHPA that this was the B/1/9th Cav LOH in which WO Smith and his observer died after being hit by ground fire.
Loss to Inventory
P WO1 SMITH RALPH R KIA
OB PFC SELENKA RUDOLPH CARL JR KIA
The observer was burned 60 percent of his body. The aircraft were in a trail formation on a recon mission. There was a garbled radio tranmission heard by the lead aircraft. The aircraft turned and saw the trail aircraft crash, explode and burn. It is assumed the aircraft was shot down by enemy fire.
This record was last updated on 05/25/1998
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