Helicopter UH-1H 66-16465

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16465
The Army purchased this helicopter 0567
Total flight hours at this point: 00000187
Date: 12/23/67
Unit: 92 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Command and Control
Unknown this helicopter was Climbing at 0600 feet and 090 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 3 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 Skid
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL, INSTRUMENTS
Casualties = YES . .
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: UH1P2, 74560 ()


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16465
The Army purchased this helicopter 0567
Total flight hours at this point: 00000242
Date: 01/23/68
Accident case number: 680123251
Unit: 92 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Cam Ranh Bay in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 1 . . Passengers = 0
costing 148553
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
P O3 JONES HH
CP W1 PATE WM
G E4 PIERSON LA

Accident Summary:

Pilot began pickup of aircraft and began a roll around longitudinal axis to the right. The pilot applied left cyclic to counteract roll. Aircraft continued to roll until blades contacted the ground. Pilot lowered the collective to get the aircraft on the ground but it continued to roll. Aircraft came to rest on right side with transmission and rotor head separated from aircraft

This record was last updated on 01/05/97


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16465
The Army purchased this helicopter 0567
Total flight hours at this point: 00000580
Date: 01/14/69
Accident case number: 690114171
Unit: A/101 AVN
The station for this helicopter was Camp Eagle in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 300
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
P O2 HARRIS WH

Accident Summary:

ACFT LOST HYD & BECAME UNMANAGEABLE \ HYD FITTING CRACKED \


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16465
The Army purchased this helicopter 0567
Total flight hours at this point: 00001610
Date: 04/12/70
Accident case number: 700412121 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: A/101 AVN
The station for this helicopter was Phu Bai in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YD581090
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 3 . . Passengers = 1
costing 244345
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC O3 BUTLER DM
P W1 KENNY MJ
CE E4 TAYLOR GR
G E4 MASSEY ID

Passengers:
LOCAL CO, LCO, G;


Accident Summary:

THE AIRCRAFT HAD DEPARTED FSB BASTOGNE AT APPROXIMATELY 1155 HOURS, WITH 400 POUNDS OF CARGO, ONE PASSENGER AND APPROXIMATELY 600 POUNDS OF FUEL ON BOARD. THE FLIGHT WAS 2 KM SOUTH WEST OF FSB BASTOGNE, TAKING APPROXIMATELY FIVE MINUTES FROM TAKE OFF TO LANDING. THIRTY-FORTY SECONDS SHORT OF THE LANDING ZONE, THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER ASKED THE GROUND UNIT BY FM RADIO TO IGNITE A SMOKE GRENADE FOR IDENTIFICATION, WIND DIRECTION , AND VELOCITY. THE GROUND UNIT IGNITED A SMOKE GRENADE (VIOLET IN COLOR) AND THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER AND PILOT ESTIMATED THE WIND AT 5-10 KNOTS. THE WIND WAS COMING FROM 260-270 DEGREES PRESENTING A DIRECT HEAD WIND IF LANDING WERE MADE TO THE WEST. THE CREW DECIDED TO LAND ON A HEADING OF 260 DEGREES. A HIGH RECONNAISSANCE WAS PERFORMED AT 500' AGL WHILE THE LANDING ZONE WAS CIRCLED TWICE. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER AND PILOT EVALUATED THE LANDING ZONE AS MARGINAL IN SIZE, COVERED WITH TREE STUMPS, AND LITTERED WITH FALLEN TIMBER. AT THIS POINT IN THE FLIGHT THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER PHYSICALLY TOOK CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT JUST PRIOR TO TURNING FINAL APPROACH AND EXECUTED A STEEP APPROACH TO A HOVER IN THE LANDING ZONE. NOTE: THE WIND WAS DETERMINED TO BE 5-10 KNOTS FROM 260-275 DEGREES. THE LONG AXIS OF THE LANDING ZONE RAN 260/080 DEGREES. NOTE: THE CREW WAS STRONGLY CONSCIOUS OF POSSIBLE STUMP DAMAGE TO AIRCRAFT. CONSEQUENTLY THEY WERE APPREHENSIVE OF THE TOUCH DOWN AREA. THEIR UNIT HAD AN AIRCRAFT RECEIVE STUMP DAMAGE WITHIN THE PAST TWO DAYS. THE EM CREW BEGAN VERBALLY CLEARING THE AIRCRAFT ON INTERCOM FROM THE POINT IN THE APPROACH PATH THAT TREE TOP LEVEL WAS REACHED, UNTIL THE ACCIDENT. WHEN THE AIRCRAFT CAME TO A HOVER THE CREW CHIEF AND GUNNER BEGAN TO CLEAR BENEATH THE AIRCRAFT FOR FALLEN TIMBER AND STUMPS. TO DO THIS THEY WERE LEANING OVER LOOKING UNDER THE AIRCRAFT. DURING THIS PERIOD WO KENNY WAS MONITORING THE ENGINE/TRANSMISSION INSTRUMENTS. THE AIRCRAFT HOVERED IN THE LANDING ZONE TWENTY - THIRTY SEDONDS WHILE THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER WAS MANEUVERING THE AIRCRAFT, PER INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE CREW CHIEF AND GUNNER, ATTEMPTING TO FIND A SATISFACTORY PLACE TO LAND. THE MAIN ROTOR STRUCK A TREE APPROXIMATELY 18" IN DIAMETER. BOTH BLADES WERE DIAGIONALY TORN AND RIPPEDON THE BLADE ENDS. ONE BLADE HAD 4 INCHES TORN FROM THE LEADING EDGE AND SPLIT 24" IN LENGTH. THE OTHER BLADE HAD 2 INCHES TORN FROM THE LEADING EDGE AND 4 3/4 INCHES TORN FROM THE TRAILING EDGE. THE AIRCRAFT BEGAN TO VIBRATE TO THE EXTENT OF BECOMING UNCONTROLLABLE. CONSEQUENTLY CPT BUTLER REDUCED THE COLLECTIVE PITCH TO THE FULL DOWN POSITION. THE AIRCRAFT LANDED HARD WITH ADDITIONAL DAMAGE. WHEN THE ROTOR BLADES HIT THE TREE THE TRANSMISSION BROKE LOOSE FROM ITS MOUNTS AND THE TAIL BOOM PARTICALLY BROKE OFF. THE LEFT SKID/CROSS TUBES PARTIALLY COLLAPSED AND MAJOR DAMAGE WAS INFLECTED ON THE MAJOR COMPONENTS OF THE AIRCRAFT. FOLLOWING THE LANDING WO KENNY TURNED THE FUEL AND SWITCHED OFF. THE ENTIRE CREW AND PASSENGERS THEN EXITED THE AIRCRAFT.\\


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16465
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   0    0 W0Y6AA TRAN MDMHELCO S  ALASKA                      ALASKA
6706  22   22 WQ4VAA 92 AVN CO        5TH ARMY   FORT CARSON      5TH ARMY
6707  20   42 WQ4VAA 92 AVN CO        5TH ARMY   FORT CARSON      5TH ARMY
6708  23   65 WQ4VAA 92 AVN CO        5TH ARMY   FORT CARSON      5TH ARMY
6709  24   89 WQ4VAA 92 AVN CO        5TH ARMY   FORT CARSON      5TH ARMY
6710   0   89 WQ4VAA 92 AVN CO        5TH ARMY   FORT CARSON      5TH ARMY
6711   5   94 WAX6AA 92 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6712  93  187 WAX6AA 92 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
6801  55  242 WC5EAA 608 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
6802   0  242 WC5EAA 608 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
6803   0  242 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6804   0  242 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6805   0  242 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6806   3  245 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN STORAGE NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6807   0  245 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN STORAGE NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6808  54  299 WFJ6AA 163 GS CO 101AC  VIETNAM                     RVN
6809  73  372 WFJ6AA 163 GS CO 101AC  VIETNAM                     RVN
6810  45  417 WFJ6AA 163 GS CO 101AC  VIETNAM                     RVN
6811  78  495 WFJ6AA 163 GS CO 101AC  VIETNAM                     RVN
6812  22  517 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6901  63  580 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6902  71  651 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6903  86  737 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6904 102  839 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6905  68  907 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6906  92  999 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6907  77 1076 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6908 100 1176 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6909  85 1261 WAB3A0 A-101 AHB 101AB  VIETNAM                     RVN
6910  58 1319 WAB3A0 A-101 AHB 101AB  VIETNAM                     RVN
6911  68 1387 WAB3A0 A-101 AHB 101AB  VIETNAM                     RVN
6912  19 1406 WAB3A0 A-101 AHB 101AB  VIETNAM                     RVN
7001  67 1473 WAB3A0 A-101 AHB 101AB  VIETNAM                     RVN
7002  32 1505 WAB3A0 A-101 AHB 101AB  VIETNAM                     RVN
7003  77 1582 WAB3A0 A-101 AHB 101AB  VIETNAM                     RVN
7004  28 1610 WE4HAA 142 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN
7005   0 1610 WE4HAA 142 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN



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