Helicopter UH-1H 66-16296

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16296
Date: 01/03/69
Accident case number: 690103111
Unit: 135 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Bear Cat in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 26541
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 CARTY SC
P W1 CONLEY MF

Accident Summary:

THE UH-1H, ^SN66-16296^ WAS THE SECOND AIRCRAFT IN AFLIGHT OF TWO ENROUTE FROM ^BEARCAT^ TO ^TRI TON^. THE FLIGHT WAS ROUTINE, FLYING AT 1000' AND ECHELON RIGHT, UNTIL CLOUDS WERE ENCOUNETERED JUST AFTER PASSING ^V. C. ISLAND^. AS THE LIGHT ON THE HORIZON BEGAN TO FADE, THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER ELECTED TO SLOW HIS AIRSPEED AND FOLLOW THE FIRST AIRCRAFT WHICH HAD ALREADY STARTED DESCENDING. AT 400 FEET THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER LOST SIGHT OF THE FIRST AIRCRAFT WHICH WAS FLYING APPROXIMATELY 200 FEET ABOVE HIS AIRCRAFT. AT 100 FEET OR BELOW, THE HORIZIZON CAME BACK INTO VIEW AND THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER TURNED SOUTH ALONG ^HWY 316^, SLOWING HIS AIRSPEED TO 40 KNOTS. AT THIS TIME SEVERAL ATTEMPTS TO CONTACT THE FIRST AIRCRAFT ON FM RADIO WERE MADE WITH NEGATIVE RESULTS. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER OBSERVED THE FIRST AIRCRAFT BREAK THROUGH THE OVERCAST AT 50 TO 100 FEET ON A HEADING OF 320 DEG. STILL NO RADIO CONTACT HAD BEEN MADE WITH THE FIRST AIRCRAFT WHICH WAS HEADING TOWARD THE HIGH TENSION WIRES WHICH ARE NORTHWEST OF ^HWY 316^. AT THIS TIME THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER BEGAN TO CHASE THE FIRST AIRCRAFT ATTEMPTING TO ESTABLISH RADIO CONTACT. WHEN APPROXIMATELY 1/4 MILE BEHIND THE FIRST AIRCRAFT, THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER SAW THE FIRST AIRCRAFT STRIKE THE HIGH TENSION WIRES AND FALL STRAIGHT TOWARD THE GROUND AND BURST INTO FLAMES. AS THE FIRST AIRCRAFT CRASHED, THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER THOUGHT HE HAD SEEN A CREW MEMBER THROWN FROM THE AIRCRAFT, HOWEVER, LATER INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT IT WAS A PIECE OF WRECKAGE. IN ORDER TO GET TO THE WRECKAGE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER STARTED ON AN APPROACH THAT WAS SLIGHTLY SHALLOW; THE CEILING AT THIS TIME WAS 100 FEET AND VISIBILITY 1/4 MILE. DURING THE APPROACH THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK THE TOP OF A TREE. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER STATED HE DID NOT SEE THE TREE UNTIL IT STRUCK THE CHIN BUBBLE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE AIRCRAFT. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER PULLED IN POWER AND PUSHED THE CYCLIC FORWARD IN AN ATTEMPT TO KEEP THE TAILROTOR OUT OF THE TREE. A LOUD NOISE WAS HEARD FROM THE REAR OF THE ARICRAFT AS THE CARGO HOOK WAS DRIVEN BACK INTO THE UNDERCARRIAGE OF THE AIRCRAFT. THE AIRCRAFT WAS THEN LANDED TO A 3 FOOT HOVER, FORWARD AND TO THE RIGHT OF THE TREE, 90 DEG RIGHT OF THE INTENDED FLIGHT PATH. AFTER LANDING, SEVERAL CALLS WERE MADE REPORTING THE ACCIDENT. THE CREWCHIEF DEPARTED THE AIRCRAFT TO LOOK FOR SURVIVORS; MEANWHILE ANOTHER AIRCRAFT LANDED AND WHEN THE CREWCHIEF RETURNED, BOTH AIRCRAFT TOOK OFF. THE AIRCRAFT WAS FUNCTIONING NORMALLY AND ALL INSTRUMENTS WERE IN THE GREEN. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER ORBITED THE WRECKAGE 20 TO 25 MINUTES UNTIL THERE WAS LIGHT ENOUGH TO SEE THE AREA SURROUNDING THE CRASH SITE. HE THEN DEPARTED AND LANDED AT ^BEARCAT^, AT WHICH TIME HE PHYSICALLY INSPECTED THE DAMAGE TO HIS OWN AIRCRAFT. HE DETERMINED IT TO BE FLYABLE AND THEN RETURNED TO THE CRASH SITE WITH THE ACTING C.O. AND MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL. HE THEN RETURNED THE AIRCRAFT TO ^BEARCAT^ AND PARKED THE AIRCRAFT IN THE REVETMENTS. AFTER THE INVESTIGATING OFFICER INVESTIGATED THE DAMAGE TO THE AIRCRAFT AT ^BEARCAT HELIPORT^, IT WAS FOUND TO HAVE THE RIGHT CHIN BUBBLE BROKEN AND EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE UNDERCARRIAGE AFT OF THE CARGO HOOK.\\


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16296
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 0467.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6704   1    1 WQ1CAA GEN SUPPLY DIV   4THARMY    RED RIVER AD     AVCOM
6705   0    1 9221   ARMY AVN DIV     6TH ARMY   DUGWAY PG        TEVALCOM
6706   0    1 9221   USARV FLT DET    VIETNAM                     RVN
6707   0    1 9221   USARV FLT DET    VIETNAM                     RVN
6708   0    1 9221   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6709   0    1 9221   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6710   0    1 9221   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6711   0    1 9221   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6712   0    1 9221   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6801   0    1 9221   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6802   0    1 9221   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6803   0    1 9221   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6804   0    1 3300   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6805  70   71 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6806 134  205 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6807 113  318 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6808 101  419 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6809 125  544 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6810 133  677 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6811 123  800 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6812 138  938 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6902   0    0 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN STORAGE NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6903   0    0 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6904   0    0 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6905   4    4 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6906   2    6 W14HAA AVN ELMT IAGS    CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
6907  31   37 W14HAA AVN ELMT IAGS    CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
6908  47   84 W14HAA AVN ELMT IAGS    CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
6909  22  106 W14HAA AVN ELMT IAGS    CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
6910  30  136 W14HAA AVN ELMT IAGS    CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
6911   4  140 W14HAA AVN ELMT IAGS    CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
6912   1  141 W14HAA AVN ELMT IAGS    CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7001  22  163 W14HAA AVN ELMT IAGS    CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7002  20  183 W14HAA AVN ELMT IAGS    CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7003  12  195 W14HAA AVN ELMT IAGS    CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7004   8  203 W14HAA AVN ELMT IAGS    CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7005   2  205 W14HAA AVN ELMT IAGS    CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7006  63  268 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7007  22  290 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7008   0  290 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7009   0  290 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7010   5  295 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7011  57  352 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7012  34  386 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7101   2  388 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7102  52  440 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7103  48  488 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7104  42  530 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7105  11  541 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7106   9  550 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7107  17  567 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7108  18  585 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7109  23  608 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7110   0  608 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7111   0  608 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7112   0  608 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7201   0  608 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7202  31  639 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7203  24  663 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7204  46  709 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7205  28  737 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7206   5  742 WHT7AA 206 AVN CO       CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7207  32  774 WHT7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7208  31  805 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7209  23  828 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7210  24  852 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7211  25  877 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7212  24  901 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7301  14  915 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7302   5  920 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7303   0  920 W3BGAA LOG SPT CMND     CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7304   0  920 W3BGAA 193RD AVN CO     CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7305   0  920 W3BGAA 590TH MAINT CO   CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7306   0  920 W3BGAA 590TH MAINT CO   CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7307   0  920 WD4QAA 590TH MAINT CO   CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7308  11  931 WD4QAA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7309  21  952 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7310  15  967 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7311  18  985 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7312   5  990 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7401  14 1004 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7402  11 1015 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7403  22 1037 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7404  33 1070 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7405  20 1090 WD4QAA 590TH MAINT CO   CANAL ZONE                  USARSO
7409  21 1165 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE FORT CLAYTON     FORSCOM
7410  28 1193 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE FORT CLAYTON     FORSCOM
7411  30 1223 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE FORT CLAYTON     FORSCOM
7412  17 1240 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE FORT CLAYTON     FORSCOM
7501  17 1257 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE FORT CLAYTON     FORSCOM
7502  26 1283 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE FORT CLAYTON     FORSCOM
7503  20 1303 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE FORT CLAYTON     FORSCOM
7504  18 1321 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE FORT CLAYTON     FORSCOM
7505  26 1347 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE FORT CLAYTON     FORSCOM
7506  20 1367 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE FORT CLAYTON     FORSCOM
7507  15 1382 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE FORT CLAYTON     FORSCOM
7509   0 1382 WAX7AA 114TH AVN CO     CANAL ZONE FORT CLAYTON     FORSCOM
7510   0 1382 W0MUAA DIR OF SUPPLY    IN STORAGE CORPUS CH AD     AVSCOM
7511   0 1382 W0MUAA DIR OF SUPPLY    IN MAINT   CORPUS CH AD     AVSCOM
7512   3 1385 W0MUAA DIR OF SUPPLY    IN STORAGE CORPUS CH AD     AVSCOM



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