Helicopter UH-1H 68-16450

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16450
The Army purchased this helicopter 1169
Total flight hours at this point: 00000183
Date: 02/02/70
Accident case number: 700202161
Unit: F/8 CAV
The station for this helicopter was Chu Lai in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 1802
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC O3 GALLATIN LE

Accident Summary:

WHILE HOVERING FOR TAKE OFF, THE MAIN ROTOR OF AIRCRAFT 68-16450 STRUCK THE TAIL ROTOR OF A PARKED AIRCRAFT, 68-16364.\\


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16450
The Army purchased this helicopter 1169
Total flight hours at this point: 00000370
Date: 05/20/70
Accident case number: 700520191
Unit: F/8 CAV
The station for this helicopter was Chu Lai in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 1
costing 18651
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC O3 GALLATIN LE
P W1 PETRUCCI JA
CE E5 BENNETT RW
G E4 HOLDEN RP

Passengers:
, GM, G;


Accident Summary:

AT APPROXIMATELY 0500 HOURS, 20 MAY 70, A UH-1H AIRCRAFT, SN 68-16450, BELONGING TO F TRP, 8TH CAV, HAD BEEN PREFLIGHTED AND DEPARTED ON A FIRST LIGHT VISUAL RECONNAISSANCE. THE MISSION WAS FLOWN WITHOUT PROBLEMS UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 0630 HOURS WHEN THE AIRCRAFT DEVELOPED A HIGH FREQUENCY VIBRATION. WHEN THIS OCCURED, THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER DECIDED TO ABORT THE MISSION AND RETURN TO CHU-LAI, RVN. AS THE AIRCRAFT WAS RETURNING FROM THE MISSION, THE VIBRATION INCREASED SO THAT RATHER THAN GO TO HIS OWN MAINTENANCE FACILITY, THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER ELECTED TO MAKE A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING AT CHU-LAI EAST. AFTER LANDING AT CHU-LAI EAST THE CREW BEGAN TO CHECK THE AIRCRAFT FOR CAUSES FOR THE VIBRATION AND DAMAGES. THEY DISCOVERED THAT THE ENGINE EXHAUST PIPE WAS LOOSE FROM THE REAR OF THE ENGINE. THE PIPE WAS SECURED TO THE AIRCRAFT ONLY BY THE QUICK DISCONNECT LINE FROM INSIDE THE COWLING. THE EXHAUST PIPE WAS POINTED DOWNWARD DEFLECTING ALL HEAT PASSING THROUGH IT ONTO THE DRIVE SHAFT COVER AND THE TAIL BOOM. THE REAR OF THE ENGINE EXHAUST COWLING AND THE TAIL BOOM FORWARD SECTIONS WERE SO HOT THAT THEY WERE AGLOW. FURTHER INSPECTION BY THE CREW REVEALED THAT ALL HANGER BEARINGS WERE LOOSE AND THAT THE DRIVE SHAFT COVERS WERE BATTERED AND TORN IN THE VICINITY OF ALL DRIVE SHAFT CLAMPS. THE NUMBER 2 HANGER BEARING WAS BROKEN AND COMPLETELY LOOSE. THE NUMBER 4 HANGER BEARING WAS LOOSE DUE TO THE BOLTS MISSING. THE BOLTS WERE IN PLACE BUT PULLED LOOSE ON THE NUMBER 3 HANGER BEARING. AFTER THEIR INITIAL INSPECTION, THE CREW NOTIFIED THEIR UNIT AND MAINTENANCE FACILITY. THE AIRCRAFT WAS RECOVERED TO THE UNIT'S AREA BY A CHINOOK THE SAME MORNING.\\


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16450
The Army purchased this helicopter 1169
Total flight hours at this point: 00002066
Date: 01/21/72
Accident case number: 720121071
Unit: H/16 CAV
The station for this helicopter was Bien Hoa in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 5468
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 ROMANCIK KW
P W1 LEE DR
CE E3 LUBBERS DW

Accident Summary:

MR. ROMANCIK WAS THE 2ND AIRCRAFT OF A TWO SHIP MCGUIRE RIG EXTRACTION (CONTACT). WHILE ON APPROACH TO THE PZ THE APPROACH WAS TERMINATED SLIGHT LONG OF THE PZ. DURING THE PROCESS OF BACKING TO THE PZ THE MAIN ROTOR CONTACTED A TREE LIMB. NO VIBRATION WAS FELT THEREFORE THE MCGUIRE RIG WAS COMPLETED WITH NO FURTHER PROBLEMS.\\


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16450
The Army purchased this helicopter 1169
Total flight hours at this point: 00002066
Date: 01/31/72
Accident case number: 720131031
Unit: 61 AHC
The station for this helicopter was An Son in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 1
costing 3066
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC O2 ALLRED LW
P W1 TOMLINSON JR

Passengers:
UNK, OGY, G;


Accident Summary:

WHILE TAKING OFF FROM A RESUPPLY MISSION. A ROK SOLDIER SHOT A STAR CLUSTER FLARE THROUGH THE MAIN ROTOR BLADE. PILOT IMMEDIATELY LANDED THE AIRCRAFT. INCIDENT DAMAGE TO ONE MAIN ROTOR BLADE.\\


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16450
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  39   39 WG20AA F TRP 8CAV AMDV  VIETNAM                     RVN
7001  73  112 WG02AA F TRP 8CAV AMDV  VIETNAM                     RVN
7002  71  183 WG20AA F TRP 8CAV AMDV  VIETNAM                     RVN
7003  77  260 WG20AA F TRP 8CAV AMDV  VIETNAM                     RVN
7004  76  336 WG20AA F TRP 8CAV AMDV  VIETNAM                     RVN
7005  34  370 WE4HAA 142 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN
7006   0  370 WE4HAA 142 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN
7007   0  370 WE4HAA 142 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN
7008 105  475 WAYPAA 61 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
7009  69  544 WAYPAA 61 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
7010 126  670 WAYPAA 61 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
7011  98  768 WAYPAA 61 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
7012  72  840 WAYPAA 61 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
7101 126  966 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7102 100 1066 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7103 101 1167 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7104 112 1279 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7105  93 1372 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7106  94 1466 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7107  92 1558 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7108  93 1651 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7109  89 1740 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7110  83 1823 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7111  47 1870 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7112  96 1966 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7201 100 2066 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7202  82 2148 WAYPAA 61 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7203   0 2148 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVSCOM
7204   0 2148 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVSCOM
7205   0 2148 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVSCOM
7206   0 2148 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVSCOM
7207  10 2158 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7208  43 2201 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7209  23 2224 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7210  34 2258 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7211  16 2274 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7212  18 2292 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7301  10 2302 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7302  10 2312 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7303  20 2332 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7304  12 2344 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7305  27 2371 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7306  69 2440 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7307  27 2467 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7308  32 2499 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7309  22 2521 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7310  24 2545 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7311   0 2545 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7312   0 2545 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7401   0 2545 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7402   0 2545 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7403   0 2545 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7404  13 2558 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7405  15 2573 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7409   5 2650 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7410  26 2676 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7411  23 2699 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7412   2 2701 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7501   0 2701 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7502   0 2701 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7503  12 2713 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7504  25 2738 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7505  11 2749 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7506   3 2752 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7507  21 2773 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7509  36 2834 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7510  10 2844 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7511   5 2849 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7512   3 2852 WP9XAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI



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