Helicopter UH-1H 66-16671

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16671
The Army purchased this helicopter 0767
Total flight hours at this point: 00000464
Date: 04/18/68
Accident case number: 680418211
Unit: 61 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Qui Nhon in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 44568
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC O2 REICHERT DE
P W1 BURNS V

Accident Summary:

During a low level mission, the pilot went into a left bank going back up a hill striking trees and causing extensively damage to aircraft. Upon hitting the trees, the aircraft commander took control of the aircraft, applied power and after clearing the trees and made a precautionary landing

This record was last updated on 04/13/97


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16671
The Army purchased this helicopter 0767
Total flight hours at this point: 00001267
Date: 11/14/69
Accident case number: 691114021
Unit: A/3/17 CAV
The station for this helicopter was Di An in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 500
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 GREEN GW

Accident Summary:

AT 3 FT HOVER ACFT YAWED & STARTED SPINNING TO RT ICDT DAM \


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16671
The Army purchased this helicopter 0767
Total flight hours at this point: 00001476
Date: 03/10/70
Accident case number: 700310241
Unit: B/3/17 CAV
The station for this helicopter was Di An in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 64740
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
P O3 SCULLY RA
CP W1 SAPP DA
CE E5 GRUNDSTAFF CE
G E4 FERGUSON JR

Accident Summary:

AIRCRAFT 66-16671 HAD COMPLETED ITS THIRD EXTRACTION AND WAS ON FINAL APPROACH TO A FIRE SUPPORT BASE WITH FOURTEEN AMERICAN TROOPS ON BOARD. THE TWO PRIOR EXTRACTIONS HAD BEEN COMPLETED WITHOUT INCIDENT. THE PILOT HAD ELECTED TO ALTER THE APPROACH HEADING FROM THE LAST TWO APPROACHES IN ORDER TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE WIND WHICH AT THAT TIME WAS FROM 120 DEGREES AT 5 KNOTS. FINAL APPROACH HEADING WAS APPROXIMATELY 150 DEGREES AND DIRECTLY OVER THE RIVER. AT AN ALTITUDE OF APPROXIMATELY 20 TO 25 FEET AND 20 TO 25 KNOTS FORWARD AIRSPEED AND JUST PRIOR TO REACHING THE LANDING PAD, THE AIRCRAFT LOST POWER AND DESCENDED RAPIDLY IN AN ATTITUDE DESCRIBED BY THE PILOT AS TAIL LOW AND NOSE RIGHT. THE PILOT APPLIED ADDITIONAL COLLECTIVE PITCH TO CUSHION BUT THE AIRCRAFT LANDED HARD AGAINST THE RIVER BANK AND SHORT OF THE PAD. AT THE SAME TIME THE TAIL ROTOR CONTACTED THE WATER AND SEPARATED FROM THE AIRCRAFT ALONG WITH THE 90 DEGREE GEAR BOX. THE AIRCRAFT THEN BOUNCED AND STARTED SPINNING TO THE RIGHT IN A NOSE LOW ATTITUDE TURNING APPROXIMATELY 270 DEGREES. THE PILOT ATTEMPTED A HOVERING AUTOROTATION AND THE AIRCRAFT SETTLED LEVEL BUT WAS TOO NEAR THE RIVERS' EDGE. THE GROUND UNDER THE LEFT SKID GAVE WAY AND THE AIRCRAFT SLID INTO THE WATER. THE MAIN ROTOR THEN CONTACTED THE WATER AT THE NINE O'CLOCK POSITION WITH SUCH FORCE THE MAIN TRANSMISSION SHEARED AT ITS ATTACHING BOLTS TO THE MAIN CASE. THE MAIN TRANSMISSION AND THE MAIN ROTOR WERE THROWN FORWARD AND CAME TO REST IN THE RIVER APPROXIMATELY '4 METERS TO THE LEFT FRONT OF THE AIRCRAFT. THE AIRCRAFT WAS NOW RESTING ON ITS LEFT SIDE PARTIALLY SUBMERGED IN FIVE FEET OF WATER. THE ENGINE CONTINUED TO RUN FOR NEARLY 30 MINUTES DESPITE EFFORTS MADE IN THE COCKPIT. WHEN MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL ARRIVED THE THROTTLE LINKAGE WAS DISCONNECTED AND THE ENGINE SHUT DOWN.\\


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16671
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  11   11 1647   USARV FLT DET    VIETNAM                     RVN
6708  14   25 1776   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6709   6   31 1776   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6710   0   31 1776   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6711   0   31 3300   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6712  50   81 WAYPAA 61 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6801 133  214 WAYPAA 61 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6802  55  269 WAYPAA 61 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6803 124  393 WAYPAA 61 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6804  71  464 WAYPAA 61 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6805   0  464 WCLNAA 79 TRANS CO      VIETNAM                     RVN
6806   0  464 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN STORAGE NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6807   0  464 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN STORAGE NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6808   0  464 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN STORAGE NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6809   5  469 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6810  39  508 3451   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6811  56  564 WBSYAA 254 MED DET      VIETNAM                     RVN
6812  61  625 WBSYAA 254 MED DET      VIETNAM                     RVN
6901  27  652 WBSYAA 254 MED DET      VIETNAM                     RVN
6902  29  681 WBSYAA 254 MED DET      VIETNAM                     RVN
6903 102  783 WBSYAA 254 MED DET      VIETNAM                     RVN
6904  55  838 WBSYAA 254 MED DET      VIETNAM                     RVN
6905  23  861 WBSYAA 254 MED DET      VIETNAM                     RVN
6906  49  910 WBSYAA 254 MED DET      VIETNAM                     RVN
6907  86  996 WBSYAA 254 MED DET      VIETNAM                     RVN
6908   0  996 3451   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6909  78 1074 WAAMB0 TRP B 3SQ 17CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6910 109 1183 WAAMB0 TRP B 3SQ 17CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6911  84 1267 WAAMB0 TRP B 3SQ 17CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6912   5 1272 WAAMB0 TRP B 3SQ 17CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
7001  95 1367 WAAMB0 TRP B 3SQ 17CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
7002  99 1466 WAAMB0 TRP B 3SQ 17CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
7003  10 1476 WCLGAA 20 TRANS CO      VIETNAM                     RVN
7004   0 1476 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
7005   0 1476 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
7006   0 1476 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
7007   0 1476 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
7008   1 1477 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
7009   1 1478 WHB1AA 166 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
7010  87 1565 WAAVB0 COB 227ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
7011  83 1648 WAAVB0 COB 227ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
7012  92 1740 WAAVB0 COB 227ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
7101  91 1831 WAAVB0 B 227TH BN       VIETNAM                     RVN
7102 119 1950 WAAVB0 B 227TH BN       VIETNAM                     RVN
7103  88 2038 WAAVB0 B 227TH BN       VIETNAM                     RVN
7104  82 2120 WAAVB0 B 227TH BN       VIETNAM                     RVN
7105  88 2208 WAAVB0 B 227TH BN       VIETNAM                     RVN
7106  86 2294 WAAVB0 B 227TH BN       VIETNAM                     RVN
7107  50 2344 WAAVB0 B 227TH BN       VIETNAM                     RVN
7108  99 2443 WAAVB0 B 227TH BN       VIETNAM                     RVN
7109  52 2495 WAAVB0 B 227TH BN       VIETNAM                     RVN
7110  14 2509 WAAVB0 59 ASHC          VIETNAM                     RVN
7111   0 2509 WAAVB0 57 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN



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