Helicopter UH-1H 68-15218

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15218
The Army purchased this helicopter 1268
Total flight hours at this point: 00002219
Date: 08/29/70
Accident case number: 700829081
Unit: 135 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Bear Cat in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 2 . . Passengers = 0
costing 8719
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 CARTER EW
P O2 BRICKLEY RD
CE E3 RICHARDS DE
G E4 KANIPE AW

Accident Summary:

AIRCRAFT ^68-15218^ DEPARTED BEAR CAT ARMY AIRFIELD AT APPROXIMATELY 0640 HOURS ON 29 AUG 70. THE AIRCRAFT WAS FLYING CHALK 3 IN A FLIGHT OF 5 SHIPS ASSIGNED TO INSERT RVN TROOPS NEAR TRA VINH. THE AIRCRAFT COMPLETED THE MORNING'S MISSIONS WITHOUT INCIDENT. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER DID NOTICE, HOWEVER, THAT THE AIRCRAFT WAS NOT AS POWERFUL AS IT HAD BEEN WHEN HE HAD FLOWN IT ON EARLIER OCCASIONS. AT 1415 HOURS THE AIRCRAFT TOOK OFF WITH 10 RVN TROOPS ON BOARD WHICH WERE TO BE INSERTED 12 MILES NORTH EAST OF TRA VINH. THE AIRCRAFT WAS CRUISING AT 85 KNOTS AND 1000 FEET WHEN THE ENGINE FAILED. ALL CREW MEMBERS REPORTED HEARING A LOUD POPPING OR EXPLOSION TYPE OF NOISE FROM THE ENGINE AREA, AND THE AIRCRAFT BEGAN SHUDDERING. THE CREW CHIEF ALSO REPORTED SEEING SPARKS COMING FROM THE ENGINE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE NOISE. ^WO1 CARTER^ THOUGHT AT FIRST HE HAD COLLIDED WITH ONE OF THE OTHER SHIPS IN THE FORMATION. IT WASN'T UNTIL HE HEARD THE LOW RPM WARNING THAT HE REALIZED THE ENGINE HAD FAILED. AT THAT TIME THE COLLECTIVE WAS DOWN BUT THE ROTOR RPM HAD DECAYED TO APPROXIMATELY 270 RPM. IN AN ATTEMPT TO REGAIN ROTOR RPM ^WO1 CARTER^ PERFORMED A SLIGHT FLAIR. THE MANEUVER WAS SUCCESSFUL IN RESTORING THE ROTOR RPM TO THE MID GREEN RANGE, HOWEVER, THE AIRCRAFT HAD DECELERATED TO 40 KNOTS. HE THEN NOSED THE AIRCRAFT OVER SLIGHTLY TO INCREASE HIS AIRSPEED BUT THAT MANEUVER ALSO INCREASED THE RATE OF DESCENT. AT 100-125 FEET HE BEGAN FLARING THE AIRCRAFT TO PERFORM A ZERO GROUND RUN TOUCHDOWN. WHEN ^WO1 CARTER^ BEGAN PULLING PITCH TO CUSHION HIS LANDING THE ROTOR RPM DECAYED RAPIDLY AND THE AIRCRAFT FELL THROUGH FROM 5-10 FEET. THE AIRCRAFT TOUCHED DOWN IN A LEVEL ATTITUDE WITH NO GROUND RUN. THE ENTIRE AREA SURROUNDING THE CRASH SITE WAS WATER SOAKED RICE PADDIES. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER CHOSE THE LARGEST AVAILABLE AREA FOR HIS TOUCHDOWN POINT AND LANDED INTO THE WIND. THE RESULTING HARD LANDING FORCED THE SKIDS INTO THE MUD UNTIL THE BELLY OF THE AIRCRAFT MADE CONTACT CAUSING STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO THE UNDERSIDE. THE DECELERATION FORCES CAUSED BY THE HARD LANDING CAUSED ADDITIONAL STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO THE TAIL BOOM.\\


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15218
Date: 720200
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: WR275965
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: VNAF (South Vietnamese Air Force. )
Loss to Inventory


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15218
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 1268.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6812   0    0 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6901  63   63 WAHBA0 COA 1STAVBN 1IN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6902 158  221 WAHBA0 COA 1STAVBN 1IN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6903 175  396 WAHBA0 COA 1STAVBN 1IN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6904 109  505 WAHBA0 COA 1STAVBN 1IN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6905 128  633 WAHBA0 COA 1STAVBN 1IN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6906 141  774 WAHBA0 COA 1STAVBN 1IN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6907 142  916 WAHBA0 COA 1STAVBN 1IN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6908 120 1036 WAHBA0 COA 1STAVBN 1IN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6909  91 1127 WAHBA0 COA 1STAVBN 1IN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6910 117 1244 WAHBA0 COA 1STAVBN 1IN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6911 151 1395 WAHBB0 COB 1STAVBN 1IN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6912  69 1464 WAHBA0 COA 1STAVBN 1IN  VIETNAM                     RVN
7001 123 1587 WAHBA0 COA 1STAVBN 1IN  VIETNAM                     RVN
7002 100 1687 WAHBA0 COA 1STAVBN 1IN  VIETNAM                     RVN
7003  61 1748 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
7004  97 1845 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
7005  83 1928 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
7006 124 2052 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
7007 108 2160 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
7008  59 2219 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
7009   0 2219 WCLMAA 56 TRANS CO DS   VIETNAM                     RVN
7010   0 2219 W0Y6AA USA FLT OPN OFC  5TH ARMY   ST LOUIS         AMC
7011   0 2219 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
7012   0 2219 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
7101   0 2219                         NAT&GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7102   3 2222                         NAT&GUARD                   NAT GDZI



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