Helicopter UH-1C 66-15115

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15115
The Army purchased this helicopter 0567
Total flight hours at this point: 00000308
Date: 02/02/68
Unit: 92 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Close Air Support
While at Base Camp this helicopter was in Orbit at 1000 feet and 080 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Main Rotor Blade System
Systems damaged were: MAIN ROTOR SYS
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P3, 03314 ()


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15115
The Army purchased this helicopter 0567
Total flight hours at this point: 00000308
Date: 02/03/68
Unit: 92 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Close Air Support
While in Target Area this helicopter was Attacking at 0350 feet and 090 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 2 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Right Side
Systems damaged were: FLT CONTROLS, ARMAMENT
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P3, 03413 ()


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15115
The Army purchased this helicopter 0567
Total flight hours at this point: 00000308
Date: 02/04/68
Unit: 92 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Close Air Support
While On Target this helicopter was Attacking at 0800 feet and 085 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 4 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Left Side
Systems damaged were: MAIN ROTOR SYS, ARMAMENT, ELECTRICAL SYS
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P3, 03506 ()


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15115
The Army purchased this helicopter 0567
Total flight hours at this point: 00000308
Date: 02/11/68
Unit: 92 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Close Air Support
While Enroute this helicopter was at Level Flight at UNK feet and 090 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Main Rotor Blade System
Systems damaged were: FUEL SYS, MAIN ROTOR SYS
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P3, 04204 ()


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15115
The Army purchased this helicopter 0567
Total flight hours at this point: 00001461
Date: 06/01/70
Unit: 192 AHC
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: BP186149
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


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15115
The Army purchased this helicopter 0567
Total flight hours at this point: 00001461
Date: 06/01/70
Accident case number: 700601131 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 192 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Phan Thiet in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 1 . . Passengers = 0
costing 244415
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
P W1 ROWE ST
CP W1 ALFORD SL
CE E4 JENKINS JW
G E3 STARR DC

Accident Summary:

THE AIRCRAFT WAS ENROUTE FROM CAM LY AAF TO AN LZ SOUTH OF THAT LOCATION. THE SUBJECT AIRCRAFT, SERIAL NUMBER 66-15115, WAS THE TRAIL SHIP IN A FLIGHT OF TWO UH1C TYPE AIRCRAFT AND TWO UH-1H TYPE AIRCRAFT. APPROXIMATELY FIVE MINUTES INTO THE FLIGHT, AND AT AN ALTITUDE OF APPROXIMATELY 600 FEET AGL, THE CREW HEARD A LOUD "POP" SOUND FROM THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT FOLLOWED BY A VIOLENT YAW TO THE LEFT. BELIEVING THE ENGINE HAD FAILED, WO1 ROWE, WHO WAS AT THE CONTROLS OF THE AIRCRAFT, INITIATED AUTOROTATION. UPON CHECKING HIS INSTRUMENTS HE WAS ABLE TO CONFIRM AN ENGINE FAILURE AS EVIDENCED BY THE N1 NEEDLE SO A PASSING THROUGH 50% AND DROPPING RAPIDLY. ALSO, A NUMBER OF CAUTION LIGHTS WERE ILLUMINATING AS WHEN SHUTTING DOWN. AT THIS TIME THE PIC INFORMED THE ACCOMPANYING AIRCRAFT AND THE CREW THAT THEY HAD SUFFERED AN ENGINE FAILURE AND WERE GOING DOWN, AND THEN DEVOTED HIS ATTENTION TO SELECTING A SUITABLE LANDING AREA. HE CHOSE AN OPEN FIELD ON TOP OF A HILL, THE LONG AXIS OF THE FIELD BEING APPROXIMATELY 060 DEGREES, THE SAME HEADING HE WAS USING INTO IT. THERE WAS A ROAD ON ONE SIDE WITH TREES ON THE OTHER SIDES, A SLIGHT INCLINE TO HIS RIGHT, AND PREVAILING WINDS OFF HIS RIGHT NOSE AT AN ANGLE OF 080 DEGREES. AS THE AIRCRAFT NEARED ITS INTENDED LANDING AREA THE PIC FELT HE WAS GOING TO OVERSHOOT AND CONTINUE INTO THE TREES AT THE FAR END, THUS HE FLARED THE AIRCRAFT TO SLOW HIS FORWARD MOTION AND THEN LEVELED OUT WHEN HE REALIZED THE INTENDED AREA WOULD BE REACHED. DURING THIS TIME THE CREW CHIEF AND GUNNER THREW OUT MOST OF THE M-60 DOOR GUN AMMUNITION, AND THE CO-PILOT JETTISONED THE ROCKET PODS. DROPPING RATHER RAPIDLY, THE PIC PULLED PITCH AND LANDED HARD, FIRST ON THE RIGHT SKID, THEN ON THE LEFT SKID. HE THEN APPLIED RIGHT FORWARD CYCLIC TO KEEP THE AIRCRAFT ON THE INCLINE. THIS RIGHT FORWARD CYCLIC MOVEMENT CAUSED THE AIRCRAFT TO NOSE OVER RESULTING IN THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES STRIKING THE GROUND. THE CRASH SEQUENCE TERMINATED WITH THE AIRCRAFT LYING ON ITS RIGHT SIDE APPROXIMATELY 90 DEGREES TO THE LEFT OF THE ORIGINAL INBOUND HEADING.\\


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15115
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 0567.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6705  38   38 WQ4VAA 92 AVN CO        5TH ARMY   FORT CARSON      5TH ARMY
6706  16   54 WQ4VAA 92 AVN CO        5TH ARMY   FORT CARSON      5TH ARMY
6707  22   76 WQ4VAA 92 AVN CO        5TH ARMY   FORT CARSON      5TH ARMY
6708  27  103 WQ4VAA 92 AVN CO        5TH ARMY   FORT CARSON      5TH ARMY
6709  13  116 WQ4VAA 92 AVN CO        5TH ARMY   FORT CARSON      5TH ARMY
6710   0  116 WQ4VAA 92 AVN CO        5TH ARMY   FORT CARSON      5TH ARMY
6711   4  120 WAX6AA 92 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6712  10  130 WAX6AA 92 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6801  90  220 WAX6AA 92 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6802  88  308 WAX6AA 92 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6803  97  405 WAX6AA 92 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6804  95  500 WAX6AA 92 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6805  63  563 WAX6AA 92 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6806  39  602 WAX6AA 92 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6807   0  602 WAX6AA 92 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6808   4  606 WAX6AA 92 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6809  50  656 WAX6AA 92 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6810  45  701 WAX6AA 92 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6811  42  743 WAX6AA 92 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6812  56  799 WAX6AA 92 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6901  77  876 WAX6AA 92 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6902  69  945 WAX6AA 92 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6903  42  987 WA5CAA 14 TC BN 34GSGP  VIETNAM                     RVN
6904  42 1029 WC5EAA 608 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
6905   0 1029 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6906   0 1029 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6907   0 1029 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6908   0 1029 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6909   0 1029 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6910   0 1035 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6911   0 1035 WC5EAA 608 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
6912  57 1092 WDUYAA 192 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7001 120 1212 WDUYAA 192 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7002  58 1270 WDUYAA 192 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7003 104 1374 WDUYAA 192 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7004  54 1428 WDUYAA 192 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7005  33 1461 WDUYAA 192 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7006   0 1461 WC5EAA 608 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
7007   0 1461 WC5EAA 608 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN



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