Helicopter or incident 66-16628

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16628
Date: 11/26/67
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Medical Evacuation
Unknown this helicopter was Landing at 0035 feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 12 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 Cockpit
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = YES . .
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, 74154 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16628
Date: 03/17/68
Incident number: 680317081ACD Accident case number: 680317081 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: HHC/52 CAB
The station for this helicopter was Camp Holloway in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YB999121
Number killed in accident = 1 . . Injured = 3 . . Passengers = 0
costing 270954
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:

Accident Summary:

During a command and control mission, the aircraft commander was requested to land the aircraft. While hovering near a clear area, one passenger jumped off and the aircraft swung into a stump. It then began to spin, crashed and burned

This record was last updated on 05/25/98

The following is crew member information for this incident:

Name: SP4 David Livingstone Groves
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/17/68 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 21.4
Date of Birth: 10/17/46
Home City: Dupont City, WV
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: HHC/52 AVN
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 45E-011
Short Summary: Hit stump in LZ, spun, crashed & burned.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16628
Service number: 11606840
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67N20 = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: crew chief
Started Tour: 05/04/67
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Kontum Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single 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: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 08/27/97

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16628
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 .
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DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6803   0    0 WCYMT0 HHC/52 CAB       VIETNAM                     VS      

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