Helicopter UH-1H 66-01079

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-01079
The Army purchased this helicopter 1266
Total flight hours at this point: 00001092
Date: 12/09/68
Accident case number: 681209201
Unit: C/3/17 CAV
The station for this helicopter was Di An in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 84261
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
P O2 BRADBERRY JD
OB E4 BALES LR

Accident Summary:

THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT APPROXIMATELY ^1730 HOURS, 9 DEC 68^, AT THE ^20TH TRANSPORTATION COMPANY'S^ PARKING AREA, ^CU CHI, RVN^. THERE WERE NO INJURIES IN THIS ACCIDENT DUE TO THE CORRECT USE OF ALL SAFETY EQUIPMENT. ^LT BRADBERRY^ HAD BEEN CONDUCTING BUSINESS WITH HIS UNITS DIRECT SUPPORT OUTFIT AT ^CU CHI^ ON THE AFTERNOON OF ^9 DECEMBER^. AT ^1700 LT BRADBERRY^ AND HIS CREW PREPARED FOR THEIR RETURN FLIGHT TO ^DI AN^. AFTER STARTING THE AIRCRAFT, THE PILOT HAD THE GUNNER AND CREW CHIEF VISUALLY CLEAR THE AIRCRAFT ON EACH SIDE AND THEN STARTED TO INCUREASE COLLECTIVE PITCH TO BRING THE AIRCRAFT TO A HOVER. THE AIRCRAFT HEADING AT THIS TIME WAS 220 DEGREES AND THE WIND WAS FROM 130 DEGREES AT 6 KNOTS. AS ^LT BRADBERRY^ STARTED TO BRING THE AIRCRAFT TO A HOVER IT SKIDDED SLIGHTLY TO THE RIGHT AND THE SKID SHOE NUTS ON THE BOTTON OF THE RIGHT SKID DUG INTO THE PSP. AT THIS TIME THE MOMEENTUM OF THE AIRCRAFT CAUSED IT TO ROLL TO THE RIGHT AND THE WHITE MAIN ROTOR BLADE STRUCK THE GROUND. THE IMPACT OF ONE BLADE STRIKING THE GROUND CAUSED A REACTION SUFFICIENT TO MOVE THE ENTIRE AIRCRAFT TO THE RIGHT APPROXIMATELY SIX FEET. THE RIGHT SKID HIT THE GROUND ONCE MORE BEFORE THE AIRCRAFT FUNALLY CAME TO REST ON ITS RIGHT SIDE.\\


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-01079
The Army purchased this helicopter 1266
Total flight hours at this point: 00002188
Date: 11/23/70
Accident case number: 701123011
Unit: 117 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Long Binh in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 513
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W2 BOUGE TL

Accident Summary:

AC WAS PERFORMING A STEEP APPROACH DUE TO WIRES AROUND PZ. AT APPROX. 20 FEET AIRCRAFT EXPERIENCED SETTLING WITH POWER, AC WAITED UNTIL JUST PRIOR TO TOUCHDOWN TO APPLY CUSHIONING PITCH WITH NEGLIGABLE EFFECT, AIRCRAFT HAD HARD LANDING CAUSING SKIDS TO BE SPREAD.\\


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-01079
The Army purchased this helicopter 1266
Total flight hours at this point: 00003058
Date: 09/25/71
Incident number: 710925011ACD Accident case number: 710925011 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 117 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Plantation in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YT039128
Number killed in accident = 2 . . Injured = 2 . . Passengers = 1
costing 355145
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 W1 MARCHMAN RS
AC WO1 MILLER JOHN JEROME JR KIA
CE E4 HARBISON D
G SP4 NEVILLE STEVEN WAYNE KIA

Passengers:
O4 WE FERNANDEZ, LCO, G;


Accident Summary:

AT APPROXIMATELY 0500 HOURS THE ^117TH AHC ESB^ (EMERGENCY STANDBY TEAM) WAS LAUNCHED AS A RESULT OF BIEN HOA AFB HAVING RECEIVED INCOMING ROUNDS. THE TEAM CONSISTED OF ONE UH-1H LIGHTSHIP AND TWO UH-1C/M ARMED HELICOPTERS. THEIR MISSION WAS TO ATTEMPT TO LOCATE THE POSITION FROM WHICH THE ENEMY HADFIRED THE ROUNDS. THE TEAM PROCEEDED TO THE SUSPECTED AREA AND THE LIGHTSHIP BEGAN A LOW-LEVEL RECONNAISSANCE OF THE AREA WHILE BEING COVERED BY THE ARMED HELICOPTERS. AT THE TIME OF EMPLOYMENT THERE WAS A THIN LAYER OF GROUND FOG IN THE IMMEDIATE AREA. TO THE NORTH, NORTHEAST AND NORTHWEST WAS A MUCH HEAVIER CONCENTRATION OF GROUND FOG WHICH WAS MOVING TOWARD THE OPERATIONAL AREA. AS THE SEARCH PROGRESSED A LAYER OF FOG ESTIMATED AT 250 FEET THICK TRAVERSED OVER THE LIGHTSHIP. AS A RESULT THE ARMED HELICOPTERS COULD NOT MAINTAIN VISUAL CONTACT WITH THE LIGHTSHIP THEREFORE THE GUN LEAD ELECTEDTO TERMINATE THE MISSION AND INFORMED THE LIGHTSHIP OF HIS DECISION. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER OF THE LIGHTSHIP ACKNOWLEDGED THE TRANSMISSION AND ANNOUNCED HIS INTENTION TO CLIMB OUT TO THE SOUTHWEST. ONE OF THE ARMED HELICOPTERS HAD SEEN AN UNIDENTIFIED AIRCRAFT TO THE SOUTHWEST HEADING TOWARD THE SEARCH AREA AT LOW-LEVEL AND SUGGESTED THE LIGHTSHIP TURN AND CLIMB OUT TO THE NORTH. AGAIN THE LIGHTSHIP ACKNOWLEDGED AND INITIATED A RIGHT TURN TOWARD A NORTHERLY HEADING. AT APPROXIMATELY THE SAME TIME AS THE TURN WAS COMPLETED THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER ESTABLISHED A POWER SETTING WHICH STABILIZED THE N1 AT 94%. (HE HAS STATED HIS HOVER POWER WAS ABOUT 93%). AT THIS TIME THE AIRCRAFT WAS PLACED IN AN ACCELERATION ATTITUDE AND THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER WATCHED THE AIRSPEED INDICATOR UNTIL IT REACHED 60 KNOTS, AT WHICH TIME HE REPORTS ALL INSTRUMENTS WERE IN THE GREEN, THE ATTITUDE INDICATOR WAS INDICATING A CLIMB BUT THE VSI WAS READING A 500 FPM (FEET PER MINUTE) DESCENT. SIMULTANEOUS WITH THE ACCELERATION THE LIGHT SYSTEM (A CLUSTER OF SEVEN '7' C-130 HERCULES LANDING LIGHTS) WERE EXTINGUISHED. UPON NOTICING THE INDICATION OF A DESCENT THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER STATES HE INCREASED COLLECTIVE BUT THE AIRCRAFT CONTINUED TO DESCEND. AT AN ESTIMATED FIVE TO TEN FEET AGL (AC'S ESTIMATE WITHOUT VISUAL GROUND REFERENCE) COLLECTIVE WAS INCREASED TO THE DEGREE WHERE A "BLEEDING OFF" OF RPM WAS ENCOUNTERED. THE LOW RPM WARNING SYSTEM WAS ACTIVATED JUST PRIOR TO IMPACT. IMPACT WAS AT A SHALLOW ANGLE, NEAR LEVEL, AT APPROXIMATELY 60 KNOTS. INITIAL IMPACT WAS WITH LOW TREES FOLLOWED BY GROUND IMPACT AT WHICH TIME THE LEFT SKID AND THE AFT CROSSTUBE SEPARATED. FROM THAT POINT THE AIRCRAFT WAS STILL RELATIVELY LEVEL, SLIDING ON THE BELLY UNTIL IT HIT A SMALL TREE AND A MOUND OF DIRT AT APPROXIMATELY THE SAME POINT AS TAB E ITEM E. THIS CAUSED THE AIRCRAFT TO YAW AND ROLL TO THE LEFT SIDE. FROM THIS PIINT THE AIRCRAFT BEGAN SHEDDING PARTS. DURING THIS SEQUENCE OF EVENTS THE PILOT (LEFT SIDE) AND THE CREWCHIEF WERE THROWN FROM THE AIRCRAFT. THE PILOT WAS FOUND AT POINT 1, TAB E AND HIS SEAT WAS FOUND AT POINT Q TAB E. THE CREWCHIEF CAME TO REST IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE PILOT'S SEAT. THE MAIN WRECKAGE WAS LOCATED AT TAB E POINT P WHERE THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER RELEASED HIMSELF FROM HIS SEAT AND MOVED FROM THE BURNING WRECKAGE. PORTIONS OF THE AIRCRAFT CONTINUED ON BEYOND THE MAIN WRECKAGE. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER AND CREWCHIEF WERE EVACUATED BY SIDEWINDER 8, THE ARMED HELICOPTER LEAD AIRCRAFT. THE CO-PILOT WAS EVACUATED BY A MEDICAL EVACUATION HELICOPTER AND LATER SUCCUMBED AT THE 24TH EVACUATION HOSPITAL AT LONG BINH. THE DOORGUNNER REMAINED IN THE MAIN WRECKAGE AND RECEIVED FATAL INJURIES THERIN. THE AIRCRAFT AND ALL SYSTEMS WERE TOTALLY DESTROYED.\\

This record was last updated on 09/20/98


The following is crew member information for this incident:


Name: WO1 John Jerome Miller, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 09/25/71 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 22.1
Date of Birth: 08/10/49
Home City: Woodlyn, PA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 117 AHC
Major organization: USARV
Flight class: 71-21/71-19
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 02W-025
Short Summary: Light ship lost power and crashed at night. AC W1 MARCHMAN & CE E4 HARBISON survived.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-01079
SSN: 166420458
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: co-pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 08/31/71
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Bien Hoa Province III Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YT040140
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died illness or injuries
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 08/20/95



Name: SP4 Steven Wayne Neville
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 09/25/71 while performing the duty of Gunner.
Age at death: 19.8
Date of Birth: 11/22/51
Home City: Spokane, WA
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 117 AHC
Major organization: USARV
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 02W-026
Short Summary: Light ship lost power and crashed at night. AC W1 MARCHMAN & CE E4 HARBISON survived.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-01079
SSN: 533541837
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67N20 = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: crew chief
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 08/20/71
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Bien Hoa Province III Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YT040140
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/28/94


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-01079
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 1266.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6612   0    0 W0Y6AA TRAN MDMHELCO S  ALASKA                      ALASKA
6701  34   34 2065   ARMY AVN DIV     6TH ARMY   DUGWAY PG        TEVALCOM
6702  43   77 2065   ARMY AVN DIV     6TH ARMY   DUGWAY PG        TEVALCOM
6703  40  117 2065   POST SUPPLY      6TH ARMY   FORT ORD         6TH ARMY
6704   6  123 WADQAA 2 ARM DIV        4TH ARMY   FORT HOOD        4TH ARMY
6705  18  141 WFM9AA 135 AVN CO       4THARMY    FORT HOOD        4TH ARMY
6706  30  171 WFM9AA 135 AVN CO       4THARMY    FORT HOOD        4TH ARMY
6707   8  179 WFM9AA 135 AVN CO       4THARMY    FORT HOOD        4TH ARMY
6708  33  212 WFM9AA 135 AVN CO       4THARMY    FORT HOOD        4TH ARMY
6709   0  212 WFM9AA 135 AVN CO       4THARMY    FORT HOOD        4TH ARMY
6710   6  218 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6711 103  321 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6712 144  465 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6801  82  547 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6802  58  605 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6803 153  758 3380   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6804 128  886 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6805  68  954 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6806   0  954 WCLSAA 388 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
6807  24  978 WCLSAA 388 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
6808  34 1012 WCLSAA 388 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
6809  39 1051 WCLSAA 388 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
6810   0 1051 WCLSAA 388 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
6811  27 1078 WAAMC0 TRP C 3SQ 17CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6812  14 1092 WCLGAA 20 TRANS CO      VIETNAM                     RVN
6901   0 1092 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6902   0 1092 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN STORAGE NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6903   0 1092 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6904   0 1092 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6905   0 1092 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6906   0 1092 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6907   0 1092 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6908   0 1092 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6909   0 1092 3300   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6910  57 1149 WAX8AA 117 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6911  95 1244 WAX8AA 117 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6912  79 1323 WAX8AA 117 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7001  64 1387 WAX8AA 117 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7002  83 1470 WAX8AA 117 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7003 101 1571 WAX8AA 117 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7004  76 1647 WAX8AA 117 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7005  74 1721 WAX8AA 117 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7006  69 1790 WAX8AA 117 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7007 108 1898 WAX8AA 117 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7008  73 1971 WAX8AA 117 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7009  68 2039 WAX8AA 117 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7010  75 2114 WAX8AA 117 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7011  74 2188 WAX8AA 117 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7012 108 2296 WAX8AA 117 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7101 116 2412 WAX8AA 117 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN
7102  86 2498 WAX8AA 117 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN
7103  72 2570 WAX8AA 117 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN
7104  98 2668 WAX8AA 117 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN
7105 103 2771 WAX8AA 117 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN
7106  71 2842 WAX8AA 117 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN
7107  81 2923 WAX8AA 117 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7108  83 3006 WAX8AA 117 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7109  52 3058 WAX8AA 117 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN



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