Helicopter UH-1H 66-16619

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16619
The Army purchased this helicopter 0767
Total flight hours at this point: 00000631
Date: 08/20/68
Accident case number: 680820251 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 281 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Nha Trang in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 2 . . Passengers = 0
costing 200000
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC O2 HAAS EW
P W1 SOWELL TS

Accident Summary:

Description of mishap: On 20 August 1968, aircraft 66-16619, a UH-1H, was one of four (4) aircraft providing support on a troop extraction, inserting mission west of Ban Me Thuot, RVN. The operation began at 1445 hours near Duc Lap, RVN, with approximately 1200 lbs of fuel indicated aboard each aircraft. LT Haas, the aircraft commaner of aircraft 66-16619, was the flight leader. After a total of three (3) successful insertions - extractions of troops into two (2) separate LZ's, LT Haas called for a fuel check of all aircraft. Based on the reported fuel of two (2) of the aircraft, LT Haas sent them directly back to Ban Me Thout for fuel and elected to continue the mission with the remaining two (2) aircraft. LT Haas decided to complete one more insertion - extraction at the LZ and to proceed to Ban Me Thout for fuel before dropping the final load of troops at Duc Lap. Approximately five (5) minutes out of the LZ, the twenty (20) minute warning light illuminated on aircraft 619. The second aircraft's twenty (20) minute warning light also came on a few minutes later. The flight was continued to the LZ where a successful insertion - extraction of troops was made. The two aircraft then proceeded toward Ban Me Thout for fuel. Approximately two (2) miles southwest of Ban Me Thout and approximately fifteen (15) minutes into the twenty (20) minute fuel warning light, the left fuel boost pump light illuminated and the fuel pressure dropped to approximately ten (10) psi and began to fluctuate. LT Haas decided to make a a precautionary landing into a field to his left and alerted the other aircraft of his intentions. During the left turn the fuel pressure dropped to zero and the engine quit. LT Haas entered autorotation and proceeded to his initially selected open area. LT Haas made the open area with no difficulty. However, during touch down, the left skid hit a mound of earth concealed by the grass. The aircraft pitched forward in a nose low attitude and to the right. The main rotor blade made contact with the ground and the aircraft rolled over to the right. The aircraft commander and the pilot insured all switches were off and exited the aircraft without difficulty. The rest of the crew and all passengers exited the aircraft immediately. There was no post fire

This record was last updated on 04/17/97


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16619
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 0767.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6707  26   26 1776   USARV FLT DET    VIETNAM                     RVN
6708  32   58 1776   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6709   2   60 1776   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6710   0   60 1776   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6711   0   60 3300   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6712  72  132 WAYPAA 61 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6801  96  228 WAYPAA 61 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6802  62  290 WAYPAA 61 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6803   0  290 WAYPAA 61 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6804  41  331 3410   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6805 115  446 3410   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6806  63  509 3410   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6807  81  590 3410   OPM SEA NITEOPS  1ST ARMY   FORT BELVOIR     AMC
6808  41  631 WC5EAA 608 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
6809   0  631 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6810   0  631 W0MUAA ARADMAC          4TH ARMY   NAVAL AIR STA    AVCOM
6811   0  631 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6812   0  631 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6901   0  631 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN TRANSIT NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6902   0  631 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6903   0  631 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6904   0  631 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6905   0  631 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6906   1  632 W2TFAA AVN DET AMS      ETHIOPIA                    COFENGR
6907  18  650 W2TFAA AVN DET AMS      ETHIOPIA                    COFENGR
6908   5  655 W2TFAA AVN DET AMS      ETHIOPIA                    COFENGR
6909  11  666 W2TFAA AVN DET AMS      ETHIOPIA                    COFENGR
6910  27  693 W2TFAA AVN DET AMS      ETHIOPIA                    COFENGR
6911   2  695 W2TFAA AVN DET AMS      ETHIOPIA                    COFENGR
6912   0  695 W2TFAA AVN DET AMS      ETHIOPIA                    COFENGR
7001   0  695 W2TFAA AVN DET AMS      ETHIOPIA                    COFENGR
7002   0  695 W2TFAA AVN DET AMS      ETHIOPIA                    COFENGR
7003   0  695 W2TFAA AVN DET AMS      ETHIOPIA                    COFENGR
7004   0  695 W2TFAA AVN DET AMS      ETHIOPIA                    COFENGR
7005   0  695 W2TFAA AVN DET AMS      ETHIOPIA                    COFENGR
7006  19  714 W2TFAA AVN DET AMS      ETHIOPIA                    COFENGR
7007  53  767 W2TFAA AVN DET AMS      ETHIOPIA                    COFENGR
7008   0  767 W2TFAA AVN DET AMS      ETHIOPIA                    COFENGR
7009   0  767 W2TFAA AVN DET AMS      ETHIOPIA                    COFENGR
7010  39  806 W2TFAA AVN DET AMS      ETHIOPIA                    COFENGR
7011  31  837 W2TFAA AVN DET AMS      ETHIOPIA                    COFENGR
7012   8  845 W2TFAA AVN DET AMS      ETHIOPIA                    COFENGR
7101  43  888 W2TFAA AVN DET TOPOCOM  ETHIOPIA                    COFENGR
7102  41  929 W2TFAA AVN DET TOPCOM   IRAN                        COFENGR
7103   3  932 W2TFAA AVN DET TOPCOM   IRAN                        COFENGR
7104   2  934 W2TFAA AVN DET TOPCOM   IRAN                        COFENGR
7105  15  949 W2TFAA AVN DET TOPCOM   IRAN                        COFENGR
7106   0  949 W2TFAA AVN DET TOPCOM   IRAN                        COFENGR
7107   0  949 W2TFAA STRATCOM FLD OF  IRAN                        STRATCOM
7108   1  950 W2TFAA STRATCOM FLD OF  IRAN                        STRATCOM
7109   0  950 W2TFAA STRATCOM FLD OF  IRAN                        STRATCOM
7110   0  950 W2TFAA STRATCOM FLD OF  IRAN                        STRATCOM
7111   0  950 W2TFAA STRATCOM FLD OF  IRAN                        STRATCOM
7112   0  950 W2TFAA STRATCOM FLD OF  IRAN                        STRATCOM
7201   0  950 W2TFAA AVN DET TOPCOM   IRAN                        COFENGR



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