Helicopter UH-1H 66-16711

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16711
The Army purchased this helicopter 0867
Total flight hours at this point: 00000183
Date: 11/09/67
Unit: 610 TC CO
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
This was an Unknown mission
Unknown this helicopter was Unknown at UNK feet and UNK 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 Equipment Section
Systems damaged were: TRANSMISSION
Unknown impact on 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, 74199 ()


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16711
The Army purchased this helicopter 0867
Total flight hours at this point: 00001114
Date: 03/08/70
Accident case number: 700308051 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 129 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Bong Son in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: BR808983
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 1 . . Passengers = 0
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 W1 WAGNER EM
P W1 HILL DR
CE E4 RIVERA MD
G E4 OZMENT CL

Accident Summary:

 AT 1030 HRS., 8 MARCH 1970, WO1 HILL, THE PILOT WHO WAS AT THE CONTROLS, AND WO1 WAGNER WERE FLYING ON A COMBAT ASSAULT FOR THE 22ND ARVN DIVISION. THEY WERE CHALK THREE IN A FORMATION OF FOUR SHIPS. PRIOR TO LANDING AT THE LZ THEY SPLIT INTO TWO FORMATIONS OF TWO SHIPS EACH. THEY THEN BECAME THE LEAD SHIP OF THE SECOND FLIGHT WITH CHALK FOUR AS TRAIL. THE FIRST FLIGHT HAD JUST COMPLETED THEIR FOURTH SHORTIE INTO THE SAME LZ AND THE SECOND FLIGHT WAS ON THEIR FOURTH. THE LZ WAS ON A RIDGE LINE THAT SLOPED FROM NE TO SW. THE WIND WAS LIGHT AND VARIABLE BUT GENERALLY OUT OF THE EAST. THE APPROACH WAS MADE ON AN APPROXIMATE HEADING OF 150 DEGREES. THEY MADE THREE SUCCESSFUL LANDINGS WITH THE SAME NUMBER OF PAX. PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. ON THE FIRST THEY HAD 1200 POUNDS OF FUEL ON BOARD AND HAD NO TROUBLE TERMINATING AT A ONE FOOT HOVER IN THE LZ. ON THE APPROACH THE ACCIDENT OCCURED THEY WERE DOWN TO 500 POUNDS OF FUEL. BOTH PILOTS STATE THAT THE APPROACH WAS NORMAL AND NOT EXCESSIVELY FAST. THEY ENCOUNTERED NO PROBLEMS UNTIL THEY ATTEMPTED TO ERMINATE. THIRTY METERS PRIOR TO TOUCHDOWN WO1 WAGNER TOLD HIS CO-PILOT TO PULL IN MORE POWER. THE CO-PILOT STATES THAT HE FELT THE SHIP WAS HANGING IN THE AIR POSSIBLY DUE TO AN UPDRAFT OFF THE RIDGELINE, AND THAT HE REDUCED POWER WHEN THE CO-PILOT DID NOT RESPOND TO THE AC'S INSTRUCTIONS. THE AC STATES "I PUT MY HAND ON THE COLLECTIVE AND PULLED IT IN FAST ENOUGH TO STOP ALL OUR AIRSPEED AND RATE OF DECENT." THE AC MADE HIS LAST CHECK OF ALL INSTRUMENTS AT THIS TIME AND EVERYTHING LOOKED NORMAL. THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH POWER TO STOP THE DECENT AND THE LEFT SKID STRUCK THE UPSLOPE SIDE OF THE RIDGE BOUNCING THE SHIP BACK IN THE AIR AND RAPIDLY ROLL IT TO THE RIGHT. THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO CORRECT THE ROLL TO THE RIGHT. THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO CORRECT THE ROLL TO THE RIGHT. THE MAIN ROTOR BLADE STRUCK THE GROUND AND THE AIRCRAFT CONTINUED TO ROLL RIGHT COMING TO REST ON ITS LEFT SIDE.\\


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16711
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 0867.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6708   4    4 WAAVC0 COC 227ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6709 102  106 WAAVC0 COC 227ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN      
6710  77  183 WAAVC0 COC 227ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6711   0  183 WC5GAA 610 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6712   0  183 WCLNAA 79 TRANS CO      VIETNAM                     RVN     
6801   0  183 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
6802   0  183 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
6803   0  183 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
6804   0  183 8005   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM     
6805   0  183 8005   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY 
6806   0  183 8005   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY 
6807   0  183 8005   OPM SEA NITEOPS  1ST ARMY   FORT BELVOIR     AMC          
6808   0  183 8005   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC 
6809   0  183 8005   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC 
6810   0  183 8005   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC 
6811   0  183 WC5EAA 608 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6812 113  296 WDUVAA 189 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6901  95  391 WDUVAA 189 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6902  80  471 WDUVAA 189 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6903 104  575 WDUVAA 189 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6904 103  678 WDUVAA 189 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6905  62  740 WC5CAA 572ND MI DET     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6906   0  740 WC5CAA 572ND MI DET     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6907   0  740 WC5CAA 572ND MI DET     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6908   0  740 WC5CAA 572ND MI DET     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6909  29  769 WC3JAA 129 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6910 113  882 WC3JAA 129 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6911  42  924 WC3JAA 129 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6912  60  984 WC3JAA 129 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7001  14  998 WC3JAA 129 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7002 116 1114 WC3JAA 129 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7003   0 1114 WCLNAA 79 TRANS CO      VIETNAM                     RVN     


Please send additions or corrections to:

Gary Roush
43 Overbrook Road
Painted Post, NY 14870


Send comments and questions to the VHPA at ( webmaster@vhpa.org )

Printed from databases on: 04/02/99

Return to Main Index

Copyright © 1998 and 1999 Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association