Helicopter UH-1H 66-16409

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16409
The Army purchased this helicopter 0567
Total flight hours at this point: 00000167
Date: 10/16/67
Unit: 45 MED
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Medical Evacuation
Unknown this helicopter was Landing at 0100 feet and UNK 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 Equipment Section
Systems damaged were: FUEL SYS, TRANSMISSION, ELECTRICAL SYS
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft was diverted prior to accomplishing any 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, 73915 ()


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16409
The Army purchased this helicopter 0567
Total flight hours at this point: 00000220
Date: 12/07/67
Unit: 45 MED
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Medical Evacuation
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was on the Ground at 0000 feet and 000 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 7 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 Equipment Section
Systems damaged were: ENGINE, HYDRAULIC SYS, PERSONNEL, ELECTRICAL SYS, COMM SYS, FUEL SYS
It is unknown or not reported if the self sealing fuel tank developed a leak.
Casualties = YES . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
Unknown as to mission impact.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 74349 ()


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16409
The Army purchased this helicopter 0567
Total flight hours at this point: 00002083
Date: 06/10/70
Incident number: 700610311ACD Accident case number: 700610311 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 189 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Pleiku in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: ZA063310
Number killed in accident = 2 . . Injured = 2 . . Passengers = 0
costing 350145
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 WO1 GREIFE DALE EDWARD KIA
P W1 YORK WD
CE SP5 RASH RONALD WAYNE KIA
G E4 COX WL

Accident Summary:

 AS THE LEAD AIRCRAFT 225, PILOTED BY WO1 MACKIE, APPROACHED THE TOWN KNOWN AS EDAP ENANG (TIN CITY), HE NOTICED THAT THE WEATHER BETWEEN THERE AND DUC CO HAD CLOSED IN. AT THIS POINT, HE DECIDED TO FLY LOW LEVEL UNDER THE WEATHER AND RADIOED HIS INTENTIONS TO THE OTHER TWO AIRCRAFT. WO1 DUNNING, PILOTING THE SECOND AIRCRAFT 217, UNDERSTOOD WO1 MACKIE TO SAY THAT THE WEATHER WAS TOO BAD TO CONTINUE, TURNED 180 DEGREES AND HEADED BACK FOR CAMP HOLLOWAY. AT THIS POINT, HE SAW AIRCRAFT 409 PASSING UNDERNEATH HIM HEADING IN A WESTERLY DIRECTION TOWARDS DUC CO. HE CONTACTED 409 AND LEARNED THAT THE LEAD AIRCRAFT WAS CONTINUING TO DUC CO AT LOW LEVEL. HE TURNED ANOTHER 180 DEGREES AND DESCENDED TO A LOW LEVEL ALTITUDE TRAILING AIRCRAFT 409. WO1 GREIFE MADE SEVERAL RIGHT AND LEFT TURNS DURING THE COURSE OF THE LOW LEVEL FLIGHT, AND IT WAS NOTICED THAT THE AIRCRAFT HAD UNUSUAL LATERAL VIBRATIONS WHENEVER IT WAS PLACED IN A STEEP LEFT BANK. AS THE AIRCRAFT APPROACHED THE RIDGELINE TWO KILOMETERS NORTHWEST OF EDAP ENANG, WO1 GREIFE MANUEVERED THE AIRCRAFT IN A STEEP BANK TO AVOID TREES ON THE RIGHT. WHILE IN THE LEFT BANK, THE LATERAL VIBRATIONS BECAME SEVERE AND VIOLENT. AT THIS POINT, THE AIRCRAFT EXPERIENCED A HARD LEFT YAW AND THE AIRCRAFT NEARLY BECAME INVERTED. THE AC DECREASED COLLECTIVE PITCH, APPLIED HARD RIGHT PEDAL AND RIGHT CYCLIC, AND THE AIRCRAFT RIGHTED ITSELF ON APPROXIMATELY THE SAME HEADING AS BEFORE THE AIRCRAFT WENT INTO THE LEFT BANK. AT THIS POINT, IT WAS NOTICED THAT THE TACHOMETER INDICATED ABOUT 4200 ENGINE RPM OR 210 ROTOR RPM, BUT IT IS NOT CERTAIN WHETHER OR NOT THE MEEDLES WERE JOINED. IMMEDIATELY THE AC BEGAN TO FLARE IN AN ATTEMPT TO BUILD ROTOR RPM, AND TO TRY TO SLOW THE AIRSPEED. ALMOST SIMULTANEOUSLY, DUE TO THE LOW HEIGHT ABOVE THE GROUND, HE BEGAN TO PULL PITCH TO TRY TO CUSHION HIS LANDING. ALL THIS WAS TO LITTLE AVAIL, AS THE ROTOR RPM DID NOT BUILD APPRECIABLY, AND THE AIRCRAFT TOUCHED DOWN AT 60 KNOTS OF FORWARD AIRSPEED. AIRCRAFT TOUCHED DOWN IN A SLIGHT RIGHT CRAB ATTITUDE, SIMULTANEOUSLY STRIKING A TREE TO THE RIGHT WITH THE MAIN ROTOR BLADE. THE BLADE STRIKE, COUPLED WITH THE FORWARD VELOCITY OF THE AIRCRAFT, CAUSED THE AIRCRAFT TO YAW RIGHT AND ROLL LEFT. AT THIS POINT, IT CONTACTED A SECOND TREE, WHICH PENETRATED THE AIRACRAFT FROM THE LEFT FRONT CENTER. THE AIRCRAFT CAME TO REST ON ITS LEFT AND BOTTOM SIDES, FACING TO THE NORTHWEST. THE MAIN ROTOR BLADE ON THE RIGHT SIDE WAS BENT MIDWAY IN ITS LENGTH NEARLY AT RIGHT ANGLE AND RESTING AGAINST THE TREE IT STRUCK. THE MAIN ROTOR BLADE ON THE RIGHT SIDE WAS SLIGHTLY DAMAGED WITH SEVERAL STREAK OF GASHES AND THE LEADING EDGE HAD NO VISIBLE DAMAGE. THE SECOND TREE PENETRATED TO THE REAR OF THE COCKPIT AREA, WAS STOPPED BY THE FORWARD SKID CROSS TUBE, AND PINNED THE AC TO THE ROOF KILLING HIM INSTANTLY. THE MOMENTUM CAUSED THE TAIL BOOM TO BEND MIDWAY FROM ITS LENGTH, AT AN ANGLE OF APPROXIMATELY 35 TO 40 DEGREES TO THE LEFT OF CENTER. THE TRANSMISSION CANTED SLIGHTLY TO THE LEFT AND THE REAR END OF THE ENGINE PIVOTED TO THE LEFT CAUSING THE SHORT SHAFT TO BE SEPARATED FROM THE TRANSMISSION. THE CREWCHIEF WAS THROWN FORWARD AND TO THE LEFT, OUT OF THE AIRCRAFT. IT IS NOT KNOWN IF HE HAD HIS SEAT BELT ON OR NOT, BUT PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BEEN CRUSHED UNDER THE AIRCRAFT IF HE HAD BEEN STRAPPED IN. HE SUFFERED MULTIPLE INTERNAL INJURIES AND DIED WITHIN A FEW MINUTES AFTER THE CRASH. THE DOORGUNNER SUFFERED A FRACTURED BACK AND FACIAL LACERATIONS, ALTHOUGH HE WAS ABLE TO WALK OUT TO A CLEARING WITH THE PILOT. THE PILOT ESCAPED SERIOUS INJURY, EXCEPT FOR MINOR CUTS, BRUISES AND SPRAIN RIGHT ANKLE. THE ENGINE WAS STILL RUNNING AND STRONG ODOR OF JP-4 FUEL. HE GOT OUT OF THE WRECKAGE AND SHOT AT THE ENGINE TO STOP IT FROM RUNNING WITH HIS .38 PISTOL AND WITH A 09MM SWEDISH K SUBMACHINEGUN HE FOUND ALONG SIDE THE AIRCRAFT. ACCIDENT. WHEN THE LEAD AIRCRAFT GOT TO ABOUT FIVE OR SIX MILES WEST OF EDAP ENANG, HE DECIDED THE WEATHER WAS TOO BAD TO CONTINUE AND TURNED AROUND. HE RADIOED THIS TO THE THIRD AIRCRAFT AND WAS UNABLE TO RAISE 409. HE ASSUMED THAT 409 WAS POSSIBLY OUT OF LINE OF SIGHT COMMUNICATION CAPABILITIES AND EITHER HAD FOUND A WAY THROUGH THE WEATHER TO DUC CO OR RETURNED TO CAMP HOLLOWAY. NEITHER 22K NOR 217 EVER REGAINED RADIO CONTACT WITH 409 AND AIRCRAFT 409 HAD BEEN UNABLE TO MAKE AN EMERGENCY RADIO CALL BEFORE IT CRASHED.\\

This record was last updated on 05/25/98


The following is crew member information for this incident:


Name: WO1 Dale Edward Greife
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 06/10/70 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 19.8
Date of Birth: 08/31/50
Home City: Union, MO
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 189 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 69-27/69-25
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 09W-038
Short Summary: Hit tree going low level. Nickname was "Stretch".
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16409
Call sign: Ghostrider 11
SSN: 486569359
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 10/23/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: *
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 07/28/94



Name: SP5 Ronald Wayne Rash
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 06/10/70 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 20.5
Date of Birth: 12/02/49
Home City: North Little Rock, AR
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 189 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 09W-040
Short Summary: Hit tree going low level. G E4 COX P W1 YORK survived.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16409
SSN: 542567390
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67N2F = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Position in vehicle: crew chief
Started Tour: 05/04/70
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: *
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Baptist - other groups
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/24/94


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16409
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   8    8 W0MHAA DIROF SUP TRAN   6TH ARMY   SHARPE GD        AVCOM          
6706   0    8 W0MHAA DIROF SUP TRAN   6TH ARMY   SHARPE GD        AVCOM          
6707   4   12 WBMZAA 45 MED CO        VIETNAM                     RVN     
6708  46   58 WBMZAA 45 MED CO        VIETNAM                     RVN     
6709  58  116 WBMZAA 45 MED CO        VIETNAM                     RVN     
6710  51  167 WBMZAA 45 MED CO        VIETNAM                     RVN     
6711  53  220 WBMZAA 45 MED CO        VIETNAM                     RVN     
6712   0  220 WBMZAA 45 MED CO        VIETNAM                     RVN     
6801   0  220 WBMZAA 45 MED CO        VIETNAM                     RVN     
6802   0  220 WBMZAA 45 MED CO        VIETNAM                     RVN     
6803   9  229 WCLMAA 56 TRANS CO DS   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6804  19  248 WCLMAA 56 TRANS CO DS   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6805 101  349 WCLMAA 56 TRANS CO DS   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6806  64  413 WCLMAA 56 TRANS CO DS   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6807  40  453 WCLMAA 56 TRANS CO DS   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6808  88  541 WCLMAA 56 TRANS CO DS   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6809  64  605 WCLMAA 56 TRANS CO DS   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6810  39  644 WCLMAA 56 TRANS CO DS   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6811  21  665 WCLMAA 56 TRANS CO DS   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6812   0  665 WCLMAA 56 TRANS CO DS   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6901  70  735 WC41AA 173 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6902 112  847 WC41AA 173 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6903   0  847 WC41AA 173 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6904 124  971 WC41AA 173 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6905 142 1113 WC41AA 173 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6906 103 1216 WC41AA 173 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6907 110 1326 WC41AA 173 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6908 103 1429 WC41AA 173 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6909 129 1558 WC41AA 173 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6910 139 1697 WC41AA 173 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6911  55 1752 WC41AA 173 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6912  67 1819 WC5DAA 605 TRANS CO DS  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7001   0 1819 WC5DAA 605 TRANS CO DS  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7002   0 1819 WC5DAA 605 TRANS CO DS  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7003  42 1861 WDUVAA 189 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7004 104 1965 WDUVAA 189 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7005  98 2063 WDUVAA 189 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7006  20 2083 WC5CAA 604 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN     
7007   0 2083 WC5CAA 604 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN     


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