Helicopter UH-1H 66-16729

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16729
The Army purchased this helicopter 0867
Total flight hours at this point: 00000897
Date: 02/11/69
Accident case number: 690211341
Unit: 11 ACR
The station for this helicopter was Di An in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 1 . . Passengers = 0
costing 98668
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
P W2 GILYARD C
CP O2 CASKEY CL
CE E5 ADAMS SE

Accident Summary:

AT APPROXIMATELY ^1710^ HOURS ON ^11 FEBRUARY 1969^ ARMY HELICOPTER ^729^ LIFTED OFF OF ^VUNG TAU^ ENROUTE ^BLACK HORSE^ WITH A FULL COMPLEMENT OF CARGO AND CREW WITH TWO PASSENGERS ENTOW. JUST AFTER CLIMB OUT THE PILOT ^CW2 GILYARD^ GAVE THE CONTROLS TO THE CO-PILOT, ^1LT CASKEY^ SO THAT HE COULD CALL ^NUE DAT ARTY^ FOR CLEARANCE ALONG HIGHWAY 15, AND WAS CLEARED FOUR CLICKS WEST OF THE HIGHWAY. THE SHIP WAS A LITTLE MORE THAN TEN MINUTES OUT OF ^VUNG TAU^ WHEN THE LOW RPM WARNING LIGHT CAME ON. A QUICK CHECK OF THE INSTRUMENTS REVEALED NOTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY. THE RPM WAS 6600 AND THE N-1 GAS PRODUCER REGISTERED 93%. EVERYTHING WAS IN THE GREEN. THE NEXT INDICATION THAT SOMETHING WAS DEFINITELY AMISS WAS A ROAR COMING FROM THE TRANSMISSION SECTION ACCOMPANIED WITH THE SMELL OF BURNING GREASE. THE PILOT THEN INSTRUCTED THE CREW TO CHECK FOR A FIRE IN THE REAR. THEY REMOVED THE AFT WINDOW FROM THE CARGO DOORS FOR A BETTER LOOK. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF FIRE. NEXT THE PILOT, ^MR GILYARD^ TOOK OVER THE CONTROLS TO CHECK FOR AN ANTI-TORQUE FAILURE. THE PEDALS RESPONDED CORRECTLY. A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING WAS QUICKLY DECIDED UPON, SO THAT ALL WERE LOOKING FOR A SAFE PLACE TO LAND. ^MR GILYARD^ CALLED ^CAPITOL CENTER^ AND INFORMED THEM OF THEIR SITUATION AND THAT THEY WERE GOING TO LAND OUT AT A FIRE SUPPORT BASE SOUTHWEST OF ^BEARCAT^. ^1LT CASKEY^ CALLED ^BEAR CAT ARTY^ FOR THE COORDINATES OF THE FIRE SUPPORT BASE WHICH WERE ^YS 1289^. ^MR. GILYARD^ THEN INFORMED ^CAPITOL CENTER^ OF THEIR LOCATION. A SOUTHWEST APPROACH WAS DECIDED UPON, BECAUSE OF THE PREVAILING WINDS. WHEN THE AIRCRAFT WAS ON SHORT FINAL TO THE WEST THE PILOT BEGAN TO INCREASE POWER TO SLOW HIS RATE OF CLOSURE. WHEN THE AIRCRAFT WAS ABOUT EIGHT FEET OFF THE GROUND, THE TAIL SUDDENLY WRECHED TO THE LEFT WITH THE NOSE SPINNING TO THE RIGHT. THE AIRCRAFT TURNED ABOUT ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY DEGREES FROM THE DIRECTION OF LANDING. THE PILOT'S IMMEDIATE ACTION WAS TO ROLL OFF THE THROTTLE AND ATTEMPT A HOVERING AUTOROTATION WHICH RESULTED IN THE AIRCRAFT MAKING A HARD LANDING ON ITS LEFT SKID CAUSING THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES TO FLEX DOWN AND STRIKE THE GROUND ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE AIRCRAFT THREE TIMES. THE FORCE OF THE BLADE STRIKING THE GROUND WAS ENOUGH TO FORCE THE SHIP TO RIGHT ITSELF. THE PILOT AND CO-PILOT MADE SAFE AND SPEEDY EXITS FROM THE AIRCRAFT; HOWEVER, THE CREW HAD SOME DIFFICULTY EXITING THROUGH THE OPEN AFT WINDOW OF THE CARGO DOORS.\\


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16729
The Army purchased this helicopter 0867
Total flight hours at this point: 00000925
Date: 02/26/70
Accident case number: 700226091
Unit: 155 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Ban Me Thuot in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 6000
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 MCINNES BL

Accident Summary:

ACFT WAS LDG UNDER DIR OF AF TACT TEAM & WAS GUIDED IN WRONG DIR SO THAT ACFT WAS IN MIDDLE OF THREE TREES WHEN AC TRIED TO GET CLEAR OF TREES M/R/B STRUCK ONE OF THEM ICDT DAM \


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16729
The Army purchased this helicopter 0867
Total flight hours at this point: 00001005
Date: 03/20/70
Accident case number: 700320021
Unit: 155 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Ban Me Thuot in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 1500
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 JOHNSON MJ

Accident Summary:

WHILE LDG TO GND IT WENT IFR IN DUST & HAD T/R STRIKE ON BRUSH ICDT DAM \


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16729
The Army purchased this helicopter 0867
Total flight hours at this point: 00001271
Date: 06/08/70
Accident case number: 700608251
Unit: 155 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Ban Me Thuot in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 2300
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W2 STEPHENS WR
P O3 SEILER CW
CE E4 COLGAN LF
G E4 CORBETT GG

Accident Summary:

THE AIRCRAFT WAS PERFORMING RESUPPLY AND MEDIVAC MISSIONS FOR THE 44TH ARVN REGIMENT. THE APPROACH INTO THE LZ WAS TO BRING RESUPPLY OF APPROXIMATELY 1000 POUNDS OF CARGO. THE PILOT MADE THE APPROACH AND TERMINATED AT A 2 TO 3 FOOT HOVER. AT THIS TIME THE CREW CHIEF AND GUNNER CLEARED THE AIRCRAFT DOWN AS THE LZ WAS COVERED WITH HIGH GRASS AND STUMPS. NOTHING UNUSUAL WAS NOTED DURING THE FINAL DESCENT AND TOUCHDOWN. THE AIRCRAFT LIFTED OFF THE LZ AND PROCEEDED TO DUC LOP FOR LUNCH AND REFUEL. UPON POST-FLIGHT INSPECTION OF THE AIRCRAFT IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THEY HAD SET DOWN ON A STUMP. THERE WAS A HOLE IN THE UNDERSIDE OF THE FUSELAGE FORWARD OF THE REAR CROSS TUBE.\\


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16729
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 0867.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6708   2    2 WAAXA0 COA 229ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6709  98  100 WAAXA0 COA 229ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6710  88  188 WAAXA0 COA 229ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6711 108  296 WAAXA0 COA 229ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6712  78  374 WAAXA0 COA 229ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6801 102  476 3261   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6802  25  501 WAAXA0 COA 229ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6803   0  501 WCLNAA 79 TRANS CO      VIETNAM                     RVN
6804   0  501 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6805   0  501 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6806   0  501 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN STORAGE NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6807   1  502 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN STORAGE NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6808   0  502 3300   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6809  64  566 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6810  93  659 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6811  64  723 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6812  94  817 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6901  80  897 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6902   0  897 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6903   0  897 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6904   0  897 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6905   0  897 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6906   0  897 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6907   0  897 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6908   0  897 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6909   0  897 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6910   0  897 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6911   0  898 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6912   0  907 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
7001   0  908 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
7002  17  925 WC7ZAA 155 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7003  80 1005 WC7ZAA 155 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7004 106 1111 WC7ZAA 155 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7005 116 1227 WC7ZAA 155 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7006  44 1271 WC7ZAA 155 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7007  94 1365 WC7ZAA 155 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7008  37 1402 WC7ZAA 155 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7009  95 1497 WC7ZAA 155 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7010 114 1611 WC7ZAA 155 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7011  21 1632 WC7ZAA 155 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7012  66 1698 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
7101  52 1750 WCLUAA 611 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN
7102  52 1802 WCLSAA 388 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN
7103   0 1802 W0Y6AA AVSCOM FLT DET   5TH ARMY   ST LOUIS         AVSCOM
7104   0 1802 W0Y6AA AVSCOM FLT DET   5TH ARMY   ST LOUIS         AVSCOM
7105   0 1802 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVSCOM
7106   0 1802 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN STORAGE NAVAL AIR STN    AVSCOM
7107   0 1802 W2WJAA BEL HEL          BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVSCOM
7108   0 1802 W2WJAA BEL HEL          BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVSCOM
7109   0 1802 W2WJAA BEL HEL          BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVSCOM
7110   0 1802 W2WJAA BEL HEL          BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVSCOM
7111   3 1805 W2WJAA BEL HEL          BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVSCOM
7112   2 1807 W2WJAA BEL HEL          BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVSCOM
7201  30 1837 WQRTAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7202   0 1837 WQRTAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7203   0 1837 WQRTAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7204  30 1867 WQRTAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7205   2 1869 WQRTAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7206   0 1869 WQRTAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7207  20 1889 WQRTAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7208  13 1902 WQRTAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7209  22 1924 WQRTAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7210  14 1938 WQRTAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7211  26 1964 WQRTAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7212  14 1978 WQRTAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7301  17 1995 WQRTAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7302  19 2014 WQRTAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7303  19 2033 WQRTAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7304  11 2044 WQRTAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7305  23 2067 WQRTAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7306  18 2085 WQRTAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7307  16 2101 WQRTAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7308  46 2147 WQRTAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7309  30 2177 WQRTAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7310   4 2181 WQRTAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7311  21 2202 WPMXD0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7312  19 2221 WPMXD0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7401   7 2228 WPMXD0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7402  21 2249 WPMXD0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7403   0 2249 WPMXD0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7404   0 2249 WPMXD0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7405   0 2249 WPMXD0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7409  23 2324 WPMXD0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7410  15 2339 WPMXD0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7411  34 2373 WPMXD0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7412  16 2389 WPMXD0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7501  12 2401 WPMXD0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7502  12 2413 WPMXD0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7503  18 2431 WPMXD0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7504  20 2451 WPMXD0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7505  29 2480 WPMXD0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7506  39 2519 WPMXD0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7507  39 2558 WPMXD0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7509  11 2601 WPMXD0                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7510   0 2601 W0MUAA DIR OF SUPPLY    IN STORAGE CORPUS CH AD     AVSCOM
7511   0 2601 W0MUAA DIR OF SUPPLY    IN MAINT   CORPUS CH AD     AVSCOM
7512   0 2601 W0MUAA DIR OF SUPPLY    IN STORAGE CORPUS CH AD     AVSCOM



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Printed from databases on: 08/27/00

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