Helicopter UH-1H 67-17619

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17619
The Army purchased this helicopter 0668
Total flight hours at this point: 00000181
Date: 01/17/69
Accident case number: 690117221
Unit: 236 MED DET
The station for this helicopter was Da Nang in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 1 . . Passengers = 0
costing 16622
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 LEONARD PL
P W1 WOODARD RV
G E4 CAUDELL DL

Accident Summary:

ON ^17 JANUARY 1969^ ARMY HELICOPTER, ^UH-1H, SN6717619^, WAS ON AN URGENT MEDICAL EVACUATION MISSION AT COORDINATES ^ AT074324^, 15 NAUTICAL MILES NORTHWEST OF^TAM KY, RVN^. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER, SITTING IN THE LEFT SEAT, WAS AT THE CONTROLS. THE WEATHER WAS MARGINAL, HOWEVER, DUE TO THE SERIOD CONDITION OF THE INJURED, THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER ELECTED TO PICK UP. ONE APPROACH HAD TO BE ABORTED DUE TO HEAVY GROUND FIRE ON THEIR APPROACH. AFTER SERIOUS CONSIDERATION ON THE PART OF THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER, AND PILOT, THEY DECIDED TO APPROACH FROM A DIFFERENT DIRECTION. ON THE APPROACH IN, THE GROUND FLARES THAT WERE BEING USED AS A REFERENCE BURNED OUT. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER THEN CALLED FOR MORE FLARE, HOWEVER, THE GROUND UNIT FAILED TO COMPLY OR ELSE THE FLARE WAS A DUD. DURING THE LAPSE OF TIME, THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER PERMITTED THE AIRCRAFT TO DESCEND BELOW THE TREES. WHEN THE FLARES THAT THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER CALLED FOR DID'NT APPEAR, HE IMMEDIATELY TURNED ON HIS SEARCH LIGHT AND REALIZED THAT THEY WERE BELOW THE TREES. AFTER THE CREWMEMBERS REPORTED THAT THE AIRCRAFT WAS DAMAGED BY HITTING TREES WHEN THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER INITIATED A CLIMB OUT OF THE AREA, THEY RETURNED TO^LZ BALDY^. THE AIRCRAFT WAS RELEASED AND SLING-LIFTED TO ^RED BEACH, DA NANG BY CH-47^ FOR REPAIR.\\


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17619
The Army purchased this helicopter 0668
Total flight hours at this point: 00002049
Date: 07/27/70
Accident case number: 700727141
Unit: 190 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Bien Hoa in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 6650
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
P W1 DAVIS E

Accident Summary:

AIRCRAFT LOING INTO PZ, CREW HEARD LOUD NOISE AND PILOT DID A GO AROUND AND LANDED IN THE PZ. SHUT DOWN AND INSPECTED THE A/C. MAIN ROTOR BLADE TIPS WERE DISCOVEG TO BE DAMAGED.\\


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17619
The Army purchased this helicopter 0668
Total flight hours at this point: 00002619
Date: 08/04/71
Accident case number: 710804181 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: A/7/1 CAV
South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 244345
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:
P O3 HANNAH SA
CP X1 BU NV
CE E4 HARDIN PW
G E4 BURNS JF

Accident Summary:

ON 4 AUGUST 1971 ^CPT SHERRIL A HANNAH^ WAS THE PILOT IN COMMAND AND VNAF ^2ND LT NGUYEN V BU^ WAS THE CO-PILOT OF AN AIRCRAFT ASSIGNED AN OPERATION OVERVIEW MISSION. THIS MISSION ENTAILS PICKING UP VILLAGE CHIEFS IN PREPSELECTED LOCATIONS AND GIVING THEM AN AERIAL VIEW OF THEIR VILLAGE, POINTING OUT BOUNDARIES AND OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST TO THE VILLAGE CHIEFS. ^CPT HANNAH^ AND ^LT BU^ PREFLIGHTED THE AIRCRAFT AT APPROXIMATELY 0630 HOURS THE MORNING OF THE 4TH AND DEPARTED VINH LONG ARMY AIRFIELD AT 0700 HOURS, ARRIVING AT CHAU DOC AT 0800 HOURS. AFTER BEING BRIEFED ON THEIR MISSION THEY DEPARTED CHAU DOC AND BEGAN PICKING UP VILLAGE CHIEFS IN THE VARIOUS VILLAGES IN THE TAN CHAU AREA AND GIVING THEM AN AERIAL VIEW OF THEIR VILLAGE. THEY HAD LUNCH AT CHAU DOC AND CHECKED THE AIRCRAFT FOR A HIGH FREQUENCY VIBRATION THE PILOT HAD FELT EARLIER IN THE MORNING. AFTER INSPECTING THE AIRCRAFT AND FINDING NOTHING WRONG THEY DEPARTED CHAU DOC AT APPROXIMATELY 1300 HOURS FOR THE AFTERNOONS MISSIONS. THEY PICKED UP A VILLAGE CHIEF AT WS 205890 PERFORMED AN OVERVIEW MISSION THEN PROCEEDED TO THE NEXT VILLAGE AT WS 224946. ^LT BU^ MADE THE APPROACH INTO AN AREA OF APPROXIMATELY 100 METERS BY 200 METERS BESIDE AN ARVN COMPOUND. THE APPROACH WAS COMPLETED WITHOUT INCIDENT AND AN ADDITIONAL VILLAGE CHIEF WAS PICKED UP. AFTER VIEWING HIS VILLAGE THEY PROCEEDED TO WS 245945 TO PICK UP A THIRD VILLAGE CHIEF AND OVERVIEW HIS VILLAGE. THEN THEY RETURNED TO TAN CHAU TO DROP OFF A VILLAGE CHIEF. THE APPROACH WAS MADE GENERALLY TO THE SOUTHWEST INTO THE WIND AND WAS SOMEWHAT STEEPER THAN THE FIRST. ^LT BU^ WAS STILL FLYING THE AIRCRAFT. AS THE APPROACH WAS STEEPER, IT WAS TERMINATED FARTHER FORWARD IN THE LZ THAN THE FIRST APPROACH. AS THE AIRCRAFT WAS LOWERED TO THE GROUND, THE CREWCHIEF INSTRUCTED ^LT BU^ TO MOVE THE AIRCRAFT BACK IN ORDER TO CENTER THE SKIDS ON THE SMALL ROAD WHICH WAS THE INTENDED LANDING POINT. THE HEELS OF THE SKIDS TOUCHED DOWN AT THIS POINT. ^LT BU^ APPLIED COLLECTIVE AND AFT CYCLIC TO MOVE THE AIRCRAFT. THE AIRCRAFT WENT INTO AN EXTREMELY TAIL LOW ATTITUDE AND THE ENTIRE CREW HEARD A GRINDING NOISE. ALL CREW MEMBERS INDICATED THAT THEY THOUGHT THE TAIL ROTOR STRUCK SOMETHING. ^LT BU^ APPLIED FORWARD CYCLIC TO LEVEL THE AIRCRAFT AND IT ROCKED FORWARD ON THE TOES OF THE SKIDS, HE APPLIED AFT CYCLIC TO COUNTERACT THIS AND THE TAIL AGAIN WENT EXTREMELY LOW FOLLOWED BY THE SAME GRINDING NOISE. AS HE APPLIED FORWARD CYCLIC THE SECOND TIME ^CPT HANNAH^ TOOK THE CONTROLS. AT THIS POINT THE AIRCRAFT WAS IN AN EXTREME RIGHT NOSE LOW ATTITUDE. ^CPT HANNAH^ APPLIED COLLECTIVE AND AFT CYCLIC TO LEVEL THE AIRCRAFT BUT WAS UNABLE TO RECOVER. THE AIRCRAFT SPUN 180 DEGREES APPROXIMATELY, WITH THE MAIN ROTOR BLADE STRIKING THE GROUND AT SOME POINT IN ITS ARC. THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED HEAVILY ON THE TOE OF THE RIGHT SKID AND ON THE RIGHT CHIN BUBBLE BEFORE IMPACTING QUITE HARD IN A LEVEL ATTITUDE WITH THE GROUND. ^CPT HANNAH^ TURNED OFF THE BATTERY AND FUEL SWITCHES AND EXITED THE AIRCRAFT. THE CREW CHIEF, DOOR GUNNER, AND PILOTS HELPED THE PASSENGERS OUT. THERE WERE NO INJURIES.\\


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17619
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 0668.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6806   0    0 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6807  32   32 2086   OPM SEA NITEOPS  1ST ARMY   FORT BELVOIR     AMC
6808  26   58 2086   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6809  33   91 2086   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6810   0   91 2086   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6811   0   91 2086   POST SUPPLY      6TH ARMY   FORT ORD         6TH ARMY
6812  46  137 WD64AA UNIT NOT KNOWN   VIETNAM                     RVN
6901  44  181 WE4HAA 142 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN
6902   2  183 WE4HAA 142 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN
6903 135  318 WDUWAA 190 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6904 108  426 WDUWAA 190 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6905 122  548 WDUWAA 190 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6906 131  679 WDUWAA 190 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6907 102  781 WDUWAA 190 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6908  83  864 WDUWAA 190 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6909 122  986 WDUWAA 190 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6910 104 1090 WDUWAA 190 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6911 136 1226 WDUWAA 190 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6912 124 1350 WDUWAA 190 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7001  40 1390 WDUWAA 190 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7002 122 1512 WDUWAA 190 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7003  99 1611 WDUWAA 190 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7004 102 1713 WDUWAA 190 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7005  73 1786 WDUWAA 190 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7006 105 1891 WDUWAA 190 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7007 158 2049 WDUWAA 190 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7008  49 2098 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
7009  52 2150 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
7010   0 2150 WCLSAA 388 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
7011   0 2150 WCLSAA 388 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
7012   0 2150 WCLSAA 388 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
7101   0 2150 WCLSAA 388 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN
7102  71 2221 WGZ6A0 A TRP 7 1ST ACS  VIETNAM                     RVN
7103  68 2289 WGZ6A0 A TRP 7 1ST ACS  VIETNAM                     RVN
7104  68 2357 WGZ6A0 A TRP 7 1ST ACS  VIETNAM                     RVN
7105 112 2469 WGZ6A0 A TRP 7 1ST ACS  VIETNAM                     RVN
7106  70 2539 WGZ6A0 A TRP 7 1ST ACS  VIETNAM                     RVN
7107  80 2619 WGZ6A0 A TRP 7 1ST ACS  VIETNAM                     RVN



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