Helicopter UH-1H 66-01196

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-01196
The Army purchased this helicopter 0167
Date: 01/10/68
Incident number: 68011065.BAT
Unit: 57 AHC
UTM grid coordinates: AR785889
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 0
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: War Story as related by a witness. Also: 52 CAB Unit History ()
Summary: This aircraft is specifically mentioned as being damaged during the B-40 and satchel charge attack on Kontum Airfield.
This record was last updated on 06/06/97


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-01196
The Army purchased this helicopter 0167
Total flight hours at this point: 00000484
Date: 12/08/68
Accident case number: 681208151
Unit: B/101 AVN
The station for this helicopter was Phu Bai in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 66266
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 HEIM PG
P W1 GASTON AJ

Accident Summary:

THE TWO AIRCRAFT WERE PART OF A FIVE SHIP FORMATION CONDUCTING THE DIVISION READY REACTION FORCE IN SUPPORT OF ^C CO., 2/501 INFANTRY^. THE MISHAP OCCURRED ON THE SECOND LIFT INTO THE LANDING ZONE. THE FORMATION, WHICH WAS A STAGGERED TRAIL RIGHT, APPROACHED THE LONG AXIS OF THE LANDING ZONE ON A HEADING OF 090 DEGREES. ^66-16225^ WAS THE LEAD AIRCRAFT, WITH ^66-1196^ AS CHALK TWO IN THE FLIGHT^W1 GASTON^ WAS FLYING THE NUMBER TWO AIRCRAFT WHEN ON SHORT FINAL IT BEGAN TO FAIL THROUGH. AT THIS TIME ^WO1 HEIM^ TOOK THE CONTROLS OF THE AIRCRAFT FROM ^MR. GASTON^ AND PROCEEDED TO MAKE A RECOVERY. UPON LANDING, THE AIRCRAFT SKIDDED APPROXIMATELY SIX FEET AND CAME TO REST, WITH ITS BLADES OVERLAPPING THE LEAD AIRCRAFTS. ^MR HEIM^ THEN NEUTRALIZED THE CYCLIC OF HIS AIRCRAFT AND IN DOING SO CAUSED THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES TO BECOME ENTANGLED WITH ^66-16225'S^ ROTOR BLADES. A SEVERE VIBRATION DEVELOPED IN EACH AIRCRAFT AND BOTH WERE IMMEDIATELY SHUT DOWN.\\


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-01196
The Army purchased this helicopter 0167
Total flight hours at this point: 00000484
Date: 01/05/69
Accident case number: 690105041
Unit: B/101 AVN
The station for this helicopter was Phu Bai in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 1 . . Passengers = 1
costing 159023
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 CLINE JM
P O2 MUELLER TH

Passengers:
UNK UNK, PAX, D;


Accident Summary:

^MR. CLINE^, THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER, FLEW THE FIRST SORTIE INTO THE LZ. HE WAS THE NUMBER TWO MAN IN A FLIGHT OF TWO AND HAD NO DIFFICULTIES LANDING. THE FORMATION WAS ECHELON RIGHT WITH THE LEAD AIRCRAFT LANDING IN THE UPPER LEFT CORNER OF THE LZ. ^MR. CLINE^ LANDED HIS AIRCRAFT BETWEEN THE TWO BOMB CRATERS. THE LANDING ZONE WAS ADEQUATE FOR TWO AIRCRAFT, BUT THERE WERE SMALL TREES FOUR TO SIX FEET TALL THROUGHOUT THE AREA AND ALONG THE APPROACH ROUTE. AFTER UNLOADING THE TROOPS IN THE LZ, ^MR. CLINE^ THEN FLEW THE AIRCRAFT BACK TO THE PZ AT ^CAMP EVANS^. ONCE THERE HE GAVE CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT TO ^LT. MUELLER^ FOR THE SECOND SORTIE INTO THE SAME LZ. THE SECOND LOAD CONSISTED OF FOUR PASSENGERS FROM THE ^1-506 INFANTRY AND ONE ARVN SOLDIER^. THE FLIGHT FROM THE PZ TO THE LZ WAS UNEVENTFUL. UPON TURNING TO THE LANDING HEADING OF 290 DEG AND WITH HIS TOUCHDOWN POINT IN SIGHT, ^LT. MUELLER^ WAS CLEARED TO LAND BY BOTH THE CREWCHIEF AND GUNNER. HE WAS TOLD TO KEEP HIS TAIL HIGH ON SHORT FINAL BECAUSE OF SMALL TREES BENEATH HIM. ^LT. MUELLER^ WAS ABOUT TO HOVER FORWARD AT A HEIGHT OF TWO FEET WHEN THE TROOPS STARTED TO EXIT FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AIRCRAFT WITHOUT A COMMAND FROM THE CREW. THE RESULT OF THIS MASS EXODUS CAUSED THE CENTER OF GRAVITY OF THE AIRCRAFT TO SHIFT REARWARD WITH THE TAIL DROPPING DOWN AND TO THE LEFT. THE TAIL ROTOR MADE CONTACT WITH ONE OF THE SMALL TREES RESULTING IN THE 90 DEG GEAR BOX BEING TORN FROM ITS MOUNT AND CAUSING A LOSS OF DIRECTIONAL CONTROL. THIS LOSS OF DIRECTIONAL CONTROL CAUSED THE AIRCRAFT TO START SPINNING TO THE RIGHT. AS THE SPIN STARTED ^LT. MUELLER^ PULLED UP ON THE COLLECTIVE PITCH LEVER CAUSING THE AIRCRAFT TO CLIMB TO A HEIGHT OF TEN FEET. ^MR. CLINE^ IMMEDIATELY TOOK OVER CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT, LOWERED THE COLLECTIVE AND EXECUTED A HOVERING AUTOROTATION. THE AIRCRAFT SETTLED TO THE GROUND AFTER COMPLETING ONE AND ONE HALF REVOLUTIONS. IT LANDED HARD ON THE AFT LEFT SIDE CAUSING EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE SKIDS AND FUSELAGE, BUT STAYED UPRIGHT. THE TAIL BOOM HIT THE GROUND WHEN THE AIRCRAFT TOUCHED DOWN ALMOST TEARING ITSELF FROM THE AIRCRAFT. ^MR. CLINE^ AND ^LT MUELLER^ IMMEDIATELY SHUT DOWN THE AIRCRAFT. UPON EXITING THEY STRIPPED IT OF ITS RADIOS AND GUNS, THEN SECURED THE MAIN ROTOR BLADE AND WAITED TO BE EXTRACTED FROM THE AREA.\\


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-01196
The Army purchased this helicopter 0167
Total flight hours at this point: 00000585
Date: 10/19/69
Accident case number: 691019111
Unit: 135 AHC
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 8973
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 DAHL PL
P X1 HARDING RR

Accident Summary:

THE COMBAT ASSAULT WAS TAKING PLACE APPROXIMATELY 8 MILES NORTHWEST OF VINH LONG, RVN, AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. ON 19 OCT 69 AIRCRAFT WAS FLYING LEAD SHIP IN A COMBAT ASSAULT, APPROXIMATELY 1045 HOURS, WO1 DAHL WAS AT THE CONTROLS OF THE AIRCRAFT AND WAS INITIATING A NORMAL APPROACH TO A PZ. IT WAS STATED BY MR. DAHL THAT A NORMAL APPROACH WOULD BE THE MOST EFFICIENT AND SAFEST TYPE TO BE MADE. AFTER TALKING WITH WO1 DAHL, AFTER THE ACCIDENT, HE STATED HE USED A NORMAL APPROACH SIGHT PICTURE. IT WAS STATED THAT AFTER TERMINATION TO A 3 FOOT HOVER A LOUD NOISE WAS HEARD FROM THE REAR OF THE AIRCRAFT. THE NOSE OF THE AIRCRAFT STARTED A SLOW TURN TO THE RIGHT. MR. DAHL DETERMINED HE HAD AN ANTI-TORQUE FAILURE AT WHICH TIME HE PROCEEDED TO CLOSE THE THROTTLE AND THE AIRCRAFT SETTLED INTO THE WATER. IT IS DETERMINED THAT THE CORRECT EMERGENCY PROCEDURES WERE FOLLOWED. IT WAS FOUND LATER THAT THERE WAS NO FURTHER DAMAGE TO THE AIRCRAFT. WO1 DAHL AND LTC HARDING TURNED ALL THE SWITCHES OFF AND PROCEEDED TO CHECK THE AIRCRAFT OVER. THE TAIL ROTOR BLADES AND HUB WERE FOUND BUT THE 90 DEG GEAR BOX WAS NOT FOUND. A SEARCH OF THE AREA WAS MADE AFTER THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AND ALSO THE FOLLOWING DAY WITH NEGATIVE RESULTS. THE CREWS, RADIOS, ARMAMENT, AND ALL REMAINING EQUIPMENT WERE EVACUATED TO VINH LONG. THE AIRCRAFT WAS NESUCCESSFULLY "HOOKED" OUT LATER THAT AFTERNOON.\\


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-01196
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 0167.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6701   0    0 W0Y6AA TRAN MDMHELCO S  ALASKA                      ALASKA
6702   0   11 W0Y6AA TRAN MDMHELCO S  ALASKA                      ALASKA
6703   1   12 WQ1CAA GEN SUPPLY DIV   4THARMY    RED RIVER AD     AVCOM B7
6704   0   12 WQ1CAA GEN SUPPLY DIV   4THARMY    RED RIVER AD     AVCOM
6705   0   12 9221   ARMY AVN DIV     6TH ARMY   DUGWAY PG        TEVALCOM
6706   0   12 9221   USARV FLT DET    VIETNAM                     RVN
6707   0   12 9221   USARV FLT DET    VIETNAM                     RVN
6708   0   12 9221   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6709   0   12 9221   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6710   0   12 3285   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6711  82   94 3285   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6712  87  181 3285   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6801   0  181 3364   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6802   0  181 W0Y6AA INTRANSIT        IN TRANSIT                  AVCOMCTR
6803   0  181 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6804   0  181 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6805   0  181 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6806   1  182 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN STORAGE NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6807   1  183 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN STORAGE NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6808   0  183 3300   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6809  75  258 WAB3B0 CO B 101 AHB     VIETNAM                     RVN
6810 106  364 WAB3B0 CO B 101 AHB     VIETNAM                     RVN
6811 102  466 WAB3B0 CO B 101 AHB     VIETNAM                     RVN
6812  18  484 WAB3B0 CO B 101 AHB     VIETNAM                     RVN
6901   0  484 WE4HAA 142 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN
6902   0  484 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN STORAGE NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6903   0  484 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6904   0  484 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6905   0  484 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6906   0  484 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6907   0  484 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6908   0  484 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6909  16  500 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6910  85  585 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6911 101  686 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6912  14  700 WCLSAA 388 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
7001   0  700 WCLSAA 388 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
7002   1  701 WCLSAA 388 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
7003  42  743 WDU0AA 195 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7004  58  801 WDU0AA 195 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7005  91  892 WDU0AA 195 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7006  95  987 WDU0AA 195 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7007 111 1098 WDU0AA 195 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7008   1 1099 WCLMAA 56 TRANS CO DS   VIETNAM                     RVN



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