Helicopter or incident 66-16529


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16529
Date: 07/31/67
Incident number: 670731061ACD Accident case number: 670731061 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 189 AHC
South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 3 . . Injured = 1 . . Passengers = 0
costing 472154
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 NAKKERUD ARNOLD OLAF KIA
P WO1 SHROPSHIRE GLEN EMERY KIA
G SP4 HART DONALD WAYNE KIA


Accident Summary:

The crew chief stated that the aircraft inadvertently went IFR during low level flight and struck a tree in a descending left turn attempting to return to VFR. There was a low ceiling of mist at the time.

This record was last updated on 09/20/98


The following is crew member information for this incident:


Name: SP4 Donald Wayne Hart
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 07/31/67 while performing the duty of Gunner.
Age at death: 21.9
Date of Birth: 09/12/45
Home City: Walla Walla, WA
Service: component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 189 AHC, 52 CAB
Major organization: other
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 24E-055
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16529
Service number: 56412361
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 11B2F = Infantryman
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: door gunner
Started Tour: 05/04/67
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Unknown Province
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information 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 09/30/97


Name: WO1 Arnold Olaf Nakkerud
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 07/31/67 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 22.1
Date of Birth: 07/01/45
Home City: Seattle, WA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 189 AHC
Prior Unit: 170 AHC
Major organization: other
Flight class: 66-17
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 24E-056
Short Summary: Flew into a mountain in bad weather with Shropshire?
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16529
Call sign: Ghostriders
Service number: W3154662
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: A/C Accident WX
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 12/02/66
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 03
Location: Unknown Province

Additional information about this casualty:
Mr. Nakkerud was in fact in the 189th. He got married 2 or 3 weeks earlier in Hawaii and was "a real shorttimer" when he went down. He was transferred into our unit from the 170th I think, as we were new to Viet Nam then. from David Wilkie, Sep 9

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Protestant - no denominational preference
The following information 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 09/30/97


Name: WO1 Glen Emery Shropshire
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 07/31/67 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 20.6
Date of Birth: 12/27/46
Home City: Sandpoint, ID
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 189 AHC, 52 CAB
Major organization: other
Flight class: 66-13/66-11
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 24E-057
Short Summary: Night weather between Oasis and Holloway with Nakkerud?
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16529
Call sign: Ghostriders
Service number: W3154268
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: A/C Accident WX
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 05/03/67
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Unknown Province
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died while missing
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Presbyterian
The following information 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 07/24/94


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16529
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 .
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6707   0    0 WDUVAA 189 AHC          VIETNAM                     VS      


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