Helicopter UH-1H 66-16112

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16112
The Army purchased this helicopter 0367
Total flight hours at this point: 00000073
Date: 06/17/67
Unit: 765 TC BN
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
Unknown this helicopter was Landing at 0600 feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Cockpit
Systems damaged were: UNK
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 72906 ()


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16112
The Army purchased this helicopter 0367
Total flight hours at this point: 00000153
Date: 01/24/69
Accident case number: 690124081
Unit: C/101 AVN
The station for this helicopter was Phu Bai in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 1 . . Passengers = 1
costing 3000
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 MOAK LN

Passengers:
UNK H HOLIDAY, PAX, D;


Accident Summary:

WHILE TROOPS WERE UNLOADING ACFT ONE STOOD UP INTO M/R BLADES M/R BLADE SUSTAINED INC DAM \


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16112
The Army purchased this helicopter 0367
Total flight hours at this point: 00000869
Date: 06/26/69
Accident case number: 690626171
Unit: 135 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Dong Tam in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 0
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC O2 REX CR


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16112
The Army purchased this helicopter 0367
Total flight hours at this point: 00001633
Date: 01/23/70
Unit: 135 AHC
South Vietnam
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16112
The Army purchased this helicopter 0367
Total flight hours at this point: 00001633
Date: 01/23/70
Accident case number: 700123121
Unit: 135 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Bear Cat in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 2 . . Passengers = 0
costing 107708
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC O3 MOSES EL
P W1 WILLIAMS JE
CE E4 TRENT FA
G E4 KENNON M

Accident Summary:

UH-1H AIRCRAFT NUMBER 66-16112 WAS ASSIGNED AS LEAD AIRCRAFT OF 8 TROOP CARRYING AIRCRAFT ON COMBAT ASSAULT MISSIONS ON 23 JANUARY 1970. AFTER COMPLETING THE LIFTS, THE FIRST THREE AIRCRAFT WERE ASSIGNED MEDICAL EVACUATION MISSIONS UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE COMMAND AND CONTROL AIRCRAFT WITH AIRCRAFT 112 AS LEAD AIRCRAFT. DURING THE ENTIRE MORNING THE AIRCRAFT HAD GIVEN NO INDICATIONS OF MECHANICAL DEFICIENCIES, WAS PERFORMING ROUTINELY, AND HAD HAD NO RECENT MAINTENANCE ON ANY CRITICAL COMPONENT(S). THE AIRCRAFT ARRIVED AT THE MEDEVAC SITE AT APPROXIMATELY 1010 HOURS WITH 1000 LBS OF FUEL, ONLY THE CREW AND THEIR COMBAT GEAR ON BAORD, AND CARGO DOORS SECURED IN THE OPEN POSITION. THE SELECTED AREA WAS AN OPEN FIELD APPROXIMATELY 100' X 50' (ESTIMATED) WITH PORTIONS DEVOTED TO SUGAR CANE CROPS, BORDERED BY TREES AND TREELIKE VEGETATION ON ALL SIDES. THE LONG AXIS RAN GENERALLY NORTHEAST TO SOUTHWEST WITH A COCONUT GROVE TO THE NORTH WEST AS THE HIGHEST AND MOST PROMINENT OBSTRUCTION (REFERENCE DIAGRAM). THE GROUND ADVISOR, CONSIDERING WIND, AREA CONFINEMENT AND ENEMY SITUATION RECOMMENDED AN APPROACH FROM THE SOUTHEAST TO THE NORTHWEST. THIS WOULD HAVE PROVIDED FOR A NORMAL APPROACH AND MINIMUM TIME IN LANDING ZONE AS IT WAS IN LINE FOR THE WOUNDED PICK-UP ELIMINATING TURNS AND UNNECESSARY HOVERING. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER MADE HIS APPROACH FROM THE NORTHWEST TO THE SOUTHEAST. IT WAS NORMAL TO STEEP IN ORDER TO CLEAR THE HIGH COCONUT TREES, ESTIMATING A CROSS WIND FROM THE LEFT OF ABOUT 5 KNOTS AND ALL INSTRUMENTS WERE IN THE GREEN. IN ORDER TO STAY CLEAR OF THE OTHER SURROUNDING VEGETATION, THE APPROACH TERMINATED AT A 10-15 FOOT HOVER AND A LEFT PEDAL TURN WAS IMMEDIATELY INITIATED. AT THIS POINT A LOSS OF POWER WAS FELT AND THE ENGINE RPM DECLINED RAPIDLY TO AN ESTIMATED 6000-RPM. IN AN ATTEMPT TO REGAIN THE LOST RPM THE COLLECTIVE WAS LOWERED BUT WITH NO RESULTS. AT APPROXIMATELY 5 OR 6 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND, COLLECTIVE WAS PULLED IN TO CUSHION THE LANDING. THE AIR CRAFT COMMANDER WHO WAS AT THE CONTROLS REPORTED THAT THIS MANEUVER SEEMED TO HAVE NO EFFECT AND THAT THE AIRCRAFT TOUCHED DOWN LEVEL WITH NO FORWARD OR LATERAL MOTION INTO AN EXTREMELY SOFT MARSHY, MUDDY AREA. THE AIRCRAFT THEN ROCKED FORWARD AND WHEN FULL AFT CYCLIC HAD NEGATIVE RESULTS, RIGHT CYCLIC WAS APPLIED. THE MAIN ROTOR STRUCK THE GROUND TO THE RIGHT FRONT, CAUSING THE THE RANSMISSION TO RIP LOOSE AND COME TO REST TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE AIRCRAFT. THE RESULTING FORCE WHICH PULLED THE TRANSMISSION OUT ASSISTED WHATEVER LIFT REMAINED IN THE ROTOR PRIOR TO STRIKING THE GROUND TO ROLL THE AIRCRAFT ONTO ITS RIGHT SIDE. ON THE INITIAL IMPACT THE GUNNER STARTED TO UNFASTEN HIS SEAT BELT AND APPEARED SUCCESSFUL AS WHEN THE AIRCRAFT LURCHED FORWARD HE WAS THROWN FORWARD LANDING FACE DOWN IN THE MUD. THE AIRCRAFT CAME TO REST ATOP 3/4 OF HIS BODY,FROM THE SHOULDERS DOWN, HIS HELMET STILL ON. ALL OTHER CREW MEMBERS RECEIVED NO INJURIES AS A RESULT OF BEING STRAPPED IN SECURELY AND THEIR HELMETS BEING SECURELY FASTENED. OBSERVERS OUTSIDE THE AIRCRAFT STATED THE AIRCRAFT SEEMED TO FALL TO THE GROUND IMPACTING SLIGHTLY TAIL LOW, AND THAT IT APPEARED TO COME UP AGAING PRIOR TO THE MAIN ROTOR STRIKING THE GROUND. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER AND PILOT SWITCHED THE MAIN FUEL AND BATTERY TO OFF, BUT COULD NOT ROLL OFF THE THROTTLE PAST THE FLIGHT IDLE DETENT, EVEN PRIOR TO TURNING THE BATTERY OFF. THE ENGINE CONTINUED TO RUN UNTIL FUEL REMAINING IN THE ENGINE WAS FINALLY EXHAUSTED. THE CREWCHIEF EXITED THROUGH THE LEFT CARGO DOOR OPENING WHILE THE OTHERS CAME OUT THROUGH THE GREEN HOUSE. THEY AND SEVERAL OTHERS ON THE GROUND OIFTED THE AIRCRAFT ENOUGH TO EXTRICATE SPECIALIST KENNON, THE GUNNER. NO FIRE OR FURTHER INJURIES RESULTED. THE SECOND AIRCRAFT OF THE THREE ASSIGNED TO THE MISSION LANDED TO TAKE THE INJURED GUNNER TO BINH THUY.\\


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16112
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 0367.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6703   3    3 W0MHAA DIROF SUP TRAN   6TH ARMY   SHARPE GD        AVCOM
6704   0    3 W0MHAA DIROF SUP TRAN   6TH ARMY   SHARPE GD        AVCOM
6705   0    3 W0MHAA DIROF SUP TRAN   6TH ARMY   SHARPE GD        AVCOM
6706  70   73 WCKGAA 20 TRANS CO      VIETNAM                     RVN
6707   0   73 WCKGAA 20 TRANS CO      VIETNAM                     RVN
6708   0   73 W0MUAA ARADMAC          4TH ARMY   NAVAL AIR STA    AVCOM
6709   0   73 W0MUAA ARADMAC          4TH ARMY   NAVAL AIR STA    AVCOM
6710   0   73 W0MUAA ARADMAC          4TH ARMY   NAVAL AIR STA    AVCOM
6711   0   73 W0MUAA ARADMAC          4TH ARMY   NAVAL AIR STA    AVCOM
6712   0   73 W0MUAA ARADMAC          4TH ARMY   NAVAL AIR STA    AVCOM
6801   0   73 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6802   0  153 8005   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6803   0  153 8005   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6804   0  153 8005   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6805   0  153 8005   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6806   0  153 8005   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6807   0  153 8005   OPM SEA NITEOPS  1ST ARMY   FORT BELVOIR     AMC
6808   0  153 8005   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6809   0  153 8005   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6810   0  153 8005   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6811   0  153 8005   POST SUPPLY      6TH ARMY   FORT ORD         6TH ARMY
6812   0  153 8005   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6901   0  153 3300   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6902 119  272 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6903 160  432 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6904 161  593 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6905 155  748 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6906 121  869 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6907 162 1031 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6908 116 1147 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6909 130 1277 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6910 113 1390 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6911  85 1475 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6912  73 1548 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
7001  85 1633 WCLMAA 56 TRANS CO DS   VIETNAM                     RVN
7002   0 1633 WDFHAA HHC 520T BN34GP  VIETNAM                     RVN
7003   0 1633 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
7004   0 1633 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
7005   0 1633 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM



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