Helicopter UH-1H 68-16464

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16464
The Army purchased this helicopter 1169
Total flight hours at this point: 00000092
Date: 01/17/70
Incident number: 70011719.BAT Accident case number: 700117071
Unit: 119 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Camp Holloway in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 1
costing 45019
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: Also 1970 Unit History ()
Summary: Hit a tree with tail rotor while being cleared into LZ.

Crew Members:
AC O2 MASAK SA
P W1 INGRAM I
CE E4 WILLIAMSON JE
G E3 EBERHARD KR

Passengers:
FLIGHT SURGEON, M, G;


Accident Summary:

ON THE AFTERNOON OF 17 JANUARY 1970, 1LT MASAK AND HIS CREW WERE PARTICIPATING IN A COMBAT ASSAULT FOR A RECONNAISSANCE IN FORCE FROM LANDING ZONE HARD TIMES TO THE LANDING ZONE AT BR 584765. 1LT MASAK'S SHIP WAS CHALK FOUR OF THE FLIGHT TO GO INTO THE LANDING ZONE, ONE SHIP AT A TIME. HE CAME INTO THE LANDING ZONE ON A HEADING OF APPROXIMATELY DUE WEST. WHEN HE GOT INTO THE LANDING ZONE HE FOUND OUT THE OBSTACLES IN THE LANDING SOME WOULD IT DIFFICULT FOR HIM TO SET THE AIRCRAFT DOWN, SO HE BROUGHT IT TO A HOVER. HE THEN TURNED HIS NOSE ABOUT 45 DEG NORTH AND BACKED HIS AIRCRAFT UP SO THE TROOPS WOULD NOT HAVE TO JUMP INTO THE BOMB CRATER WHICH WAS ABOUT 15 FEET WIDE AND 7 FEET DEEP. AT THIS TIME HIS TAIL WAS BETWEEN THE TREE AND THE STUMP WHICH WAS 3 FEET HIGH. THE STUMP WAS THE ONLY OBSTACLE IN THE CENTER OF THE LANDING ZONE EXCEPT THE BOMB CRATER. AFTER THE TROOPS JUMPED OFF, 1LT MASAK STARTED TO BRING HIS AIRCRAFT OUT OF THE LANDING ZONE WHILE HIS CREW WATCHED TO SEE IF HE WOULD CLEAR THE LANDING ZONE. ON TAKE OFF HIS TAIL ROTOR STRUCK THE STUMP, HE LOST ANTITORQUE CONTROL AND STARTED TO SPIN TO THE RIGHT. AFTER HE WAS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL HE ENTERED AUTOROTATION AND HELD THE AIRCRAFT TO THE NORTHERN SIDE OF THE LNADING ZOONE TO KEEP FROM HITTING ANY TROOPS. WHEN HE TOUCHED DOWN, THE SLOPE WAS TO STEEP FOR THE AIRCRAFT TO REMAIN UPRIGHT AND IT CONSEQUENTLY ROLLED ON ITS RIGHT SIDE. THE CREW EXITED THE AIRCRAFT AND WERE PICKED UP BY ANOTHER UH-1H THAT CAME WHEN IT WAS NOTIFIED OF THE ACCIDENT. THE CREW WAS TAKEN TO CAMP HOLLOWAY TO BE EXAMINED FOR POSSIBLE INJURY.\\


War Story:
The 119th AHC unit history records: During a troop insert 7 KM north of LZ HARDTIMES, Gator 464, while being cleared into an LZ hit a tree with the tail rotor. The aircraft lost its tail rotor instantly and LT Masak cut the throttle and initiated a hovering autorotation. The pilot lost control and the aircraft rolled. The aircraft was a total loss, but there were no injuries to the pilots, crew, or the six infantry pax on board. Editors Note: The tail number 67-17719 continued to log time after this event such would suggest that it was slung out and repaired

This record was last updated on 07/05/98


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16464
The Army purchased this helicopter 1169
Total flight hours at this point: 00000875
Date: 720200
Unit: 605 TC CO
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YS005775
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


Information on Vietnam Air Force helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16464
The Army purchased this helicopter 1169
Total flight hours at this point: 00000921
Date: 05/12/72
Accident case number: 720512041
Unit: 605 TC CO
The station for this helicopter was Marble Mountain in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 152321
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC O2 GENNA JA
P W1 LANNING RE
CE E5 SPECK LT
G E4 YOUNGBLOOD GM

Accident Summary:

ON 12 MAY 1972, A UH-1H, ^SN 68-164648^ FLOWN BY ^1LT JOSEPH A GENNA^, AIRCRAFT COMMANDER, AND ^WO1 RICHARD G. LANNING,^ PILOT, WAS SCHEDULED TO CONDUCT A VISUAL RECONNAISSANCE WEST OF DA NANG. AN AH-1G ^#67-15513^ FLOWN BY ^CW2 ROBERT P. WHITFOR,^ PILOT, AND ^1LT WALTER D. SPODECK,^ GUNNER, WAS ALSO PART OF THE TEAM. THE MISSION WENT WITHOUT INCIDENT AND THE TEAM RETURNED TO MMAAF. AFTER REFUELING THE AH-1G WENT TO THE SABRE REARM REVETMENT AND THE UH-1H WENT TO ITS PARKING REVETMENT ADJACENT TO THE SABRE REARM POINT. WHEN THE UH-1H REACHED THE REVETMENT THE AH-1G WAS ALREADY AT FLIGHT IDLE IN THE REARM POINT AND ITS ROTOR BLADES SLIGHTLY OVERLAPPED THE WALL BETWEEN THE REVETMENTS. AFTER ^1LT GENNA^ ENTERED HIS REVETMENT, HAVING BEEN CLEARED ON BOTH SIDES OF HIS AIRCRAFT BY HIS CREWMEMBERS, HE PROCEEDED TO SET THE AIRCRAFT DOWN OVER THE CENTER LINE. AS THE HEELS OF HIS SKIDS TOUCHED THE GROUND EVERYONE HEARD A LOUD NOISE. ^1LT GENNA^ SET HIS AIRCRAFT DOWN AND ASKED HIS CREW WHAT THE NOISE WAS. THEY EXITED THE AIRCRAFT TO CHECK FOR POSSIBLE FOD BUT SAW NOTHING. ^CW2 WHITFORD^ REALIZED A BLADE STRIKE HAD OCCURRED AND RAN HIS AIRCRAFT BACK TO FULL RPM. HIS GUNNER, MOVING FROM HIS INITIAL POSITION AT THE NOSE OF THE AH-1G ROUND THE REVETMENT TO A LOCATION BETWEEN THE AIRCRAFT OBSERVED 1-1 1/2' CLEARANCE BETWEEN THE ROTOR BLADES AND INFORMED THE AH-1G PILOT. ^CW2 WHITFORD,^ THEREFORE, ELECTED TO MOVE HIS AIRCRAFT SLIGHTLY TO THE RIGHT UNTIL HIS ROTOR BLADES NO LONGER OVERLAPPED THE REVETMENT WALL. BOTH AIRCRAFT WERE SHUT DOWN AND THE DAMAGE WAS ASSESSED.\\


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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 1169.
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DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6911   0    0 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6912  92   92 WAYAAA 119 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
7001   0   92 WC5CAA 604 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
7002   0   92 WC5CAA 604 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
7003   0   92 WC5CAA 604 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
7004   0   92 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
7005   0   92 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
7006   0   92 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
7007   0   92 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
7008   0   92 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
7009   0   92 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
7010   0   92 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
7011   0   92 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
7012   0   92 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
7101   0   92                         NAT&GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7102   0   92                         NAT&GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7103   0   92 W2WJAA BEL HEL          BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVSCOM
7104   4   96 W2WJAA BEL HEL          BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVSCOM
7105  99  195 WC08AA 135 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN
7106  93  288 WC08AA 135 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN
7107  99  387 WC08AA 135 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7108 102  489 WC08AA 135 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7109  96  585 WC08AA 135 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7110  99  684 WC08AA 135 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7111  99  783 WC08AA 135 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7112  68  851 WC08AA 135 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7201  12  863 WC5DAA 605 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN
7202  12  875 WC5DAA 605 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN
7203   0  875 WC5DAA 605 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN
7204   0  875 WC5DAA 388 TC CO        VIETNAM                     RVN
7205  46  921 WC5DAA 388 TC CO        VIETNAM                     RVN
7206  21  942 WC5DAA 388 TC CO        VIETNAM                     RVN
7207  41  983 WC5DAA 388 TC CO        VIETNAM                     RVN
7208  47 1030 WFAMAA D TRP 1SQ 17 AC  VIETNAM                     RVN
7209  47 1077 WFAMAA D TRP 1SQ 17 AC  VIETNAM                     RVN
7210  36 1113 WFAMAA D TRP 1SQ 17 AC  VIETNAM                     RVN
7211 102 1215 WFAMAA D TRP 1SQ 17 AC  VIETNAM                     RVN
7212  49 1264 WFAMAA D TRP 1SQ 17 AC  VIETNAM                     RVN
7301  36 1300 WFAMAA D TRP 1SQ 17 AC  VIETNAM                     RVN



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