Helicopter UH-1C 66-15158

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15158
The Army purchased this helicopter 0667
Total flight hours at this point: 00000330
Date: 06/08/68
Accident case number: 680608021
Unit: D/1/10 CAV
The station for this helicopter was An Khe in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 9210
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 FOWLER RW
P W1 CAMERON JA

Accident Summary:

After instructions from the tower, the aircraft commander hovered short of center of runway when an O-1 commenced takeoff. To avoid a mid-air collision, the aircraft commander pulled back on the cyclic causing the tail rotor to strike the ground. The aircraft sustained a hard landing collapsing the skids

This record was last updated on 04/14/97


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15158
The Army purchased this helicopter 0667
Total flight hours at this point: 00001071
Date: 04/25/70
Incident number: 70042555.KIA
Unit: 189 AHC
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YB887433
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
G PFC ADKINS NORMAN DALE KIA
CE SP4 SMITH GUS JR KIA
P CPT MCKIBBEN WILLIAM RUSSELL KIA
AC WO1 PIERCE ROBERT LIVINGSTON KIA
This record was last updated on 05/25/98


The following is crew member information for this incident:


Name: PFC Norman Dale Adkins
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/25/70 while performing the duty of Gunner.
Age at death: 19.5
Date of Birth: 10/27/50
Home City: Bedford, OH
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 189 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 11W-048
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-15158
SSN: 269505230
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67A1F = Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: door gunner
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 03/21/70
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: *
Location: Kontum Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Protestant - no denominational preference
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/30/95



Name: CPT William Russell Mc Kibben (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/25/70 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 26.3
Date of Birth: 01/19/44
Home City: Marshalltown, IA
Service: IN branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 189 AHC
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 69-16
Service: IN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 11W-051
Short Summary: Shot down south of Dak Seang. A/C was Robert L. Pierce. McKibben's nickname was "Killer".
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-15158
Call sign: Avengers
SSN: 484500433
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 08/15/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Kontum Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: unknown or not reported
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 08/02/92



Name: WO1 Robert Livingston Pierce
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/25/70 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 22.9
Date of Birth: 06/17/47
Home City: Albuquerque, NM
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 189 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 69-13
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 11W-052
Short Summary: Shot down south of Dak Seang. Pilot was William R. McKibben. Pierce's nickname was "Turkey".
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-15158
Call sign: Avengers
SSN: 585201768 Service number: W3164723
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 07/01/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Kontum Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Presbyterian
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 08/10/92



Name: SP4 Gus Smith, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/25/70 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 20.4
Date of Birth: 11/13/49
Home City: Oso, WA
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 189 AHC
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 11W-053
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-15158
SSN: 535527742
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67N2F = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Started Tour: 08/06/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: *
Location: Kontum Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
single male U.S. citizen
Race: American Indian
Relgion: unknown or not reported
This record was last updated on 07/30/95


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15158
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 0667.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6706  13   13 W0UX4B OFC DIR CON SUP  1ST ARMY   FORT KNOX        1ST ARMY
6707   0   13 W0UX4B OFC DIR CON SUP  1ST ARMY   FORT KNOX        1ST ARMY
6708   0   13 W05AAA 7THSQ 1ST AIRCV  1ST ARMY   FORT KNOX        1ST ARMY
6709  38   51 W05AAA 7THSQ 1ST AIRCV  1ST ARMY   FORT KNOX        1ST ARMY
6710  36   87 W05AAA 7THSQ 1ST AIRCV  1ST ARMY   FORT KNOX        1ST ARMY
6711  34  121 W05AAA 7THSQ 1ST AIRCV  1ST ARMY   FORT KNOX        1ST ARMY
6712  38  159 W05AAA 7THSQ 1ST AIRCV  1ST ARMY   FORT KNOX        1ST ARMY
6801   0  159 W05AAA 7THSQ 1ST AIRCV  1ST ARMY   FORT KNOX        1ST ARMY
6802   0  159 3300   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6803  41  200 3350   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6804  44  244 3350   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6805  86  330 3350   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6806   0  330 3350   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6807   0  330 3350   OPM SEA NITEOPS  1ST ARMY   FORT BELVOIR     AMC
6808   0  330 3350   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6809   0  330 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6810   0  330 W0MUAA ARADMAC          4TH ARMY   NAVAL AIR STA    AVCOM
6811   0  330 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6812   0  330 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6901   0  330 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN TRANSIT NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6902   2  332 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN STORAGE NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6903  11  343 WAYPAA 61 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6904  83  426 WAYPAA 61 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6905  83  509 WAYPAA 61 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6906  40  549 WAX5AA 57 AVN CO AM FW  VIETNAM                     RVN
6907  32  581 WAX5AA 57 AVN CO AM FW  VIETNAM                     RVN
6908  51  632 WAX5AA 57 AVN CO AM FW  VIETNAM                     RVN
6909  45  677 WAX5AA 57 AVN CO AM FW  VIETNAM                     RVN
6910  77  754 WAX5AA 57 AVN CO AM FW  VIETNAM                     RVN
6911  74  828 WAX5AA 57 AVN CO AM FW  VIETNAM                     RVN
6912   5  833 WC5CAA 572ND MI DET     VIETNAM                     RVN
7001   0  833 WC5CAA 604 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
7002  75  908 WDUVAA 189 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7003  91  999 WDUVAA 189 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7004  72 1071 WC5CAA 604 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN



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