Helicopter UH-1H 68-16094

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16094
The Army purchased this helicopter 0769
Total flight hours at this point: 00000114
Date: 10/21/69
Incident number: 691021211ACD Accident case number: 691021211 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 189 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Camp Holloway in
Number killed in accident = 2 . . Injured = 7 . . Passengers = 6
costing 208867
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 RAY JD
P W2 BLANCHARD TP
CE E5 ULMSCHNIDER JL
G SP4 COOK JOHN EDWARD KIA

Passengers:
 , LCO, G; SP4 THOMPSON DALE EUGENE, AR, PX, KIA; E4 DW RABIDOUX, PAX, D; E4 LJ AVERY, PAX, D; GE STUAVE, PAX, D; E3 RM HAYDEN, PAX, D;


Accident Summary:

 AIRCRAFT WAS WORKING AS A LIFT SHIP. THE SHIP WAS TOPPED OFF WITH FUEL AT NEW PLEI DJERENG. AFTER WHICH THEY MOVED TO THE IOC PAD TO PICK UP A LOAD OF FIVE AMERICAN TROOPS WITH PACKS. IT WAS A TEN MINUTE FLIGHT TO THE LZ. THERE WERE TWO OTHER SHIPS AHEAD OF THEM. WO RAY WAS IN CONTACT WITH HIS HIGHER AS TO FURTHER ORDERS AS THEY WERE PAST THE NORMAL RELEASE TIME. HE WAS TOLD TO RETURN TO HOME BASE. WO RAY INFORMED THE GROUND COMMANDER THAT HE HAD BEEN TOLD TO RETURN TO HOME BASE. THE GROUND COMMANDER SAID THERE WERE MORE TROOPS TO BE MOVED. WO RAY SAID THAT IT COULD BE DONE. AT THIS POINT HE BEGAN HIS APPROACH TO THE LZ. WO RAY AND HIS CREW HAD MADE A NUMBER OF SORTIES INTO THE LZ ON THE 21ST OF OCTOBER. THERE HAD BEEN NO UNUSUAL PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED GOING IN THIS HOVER HOLE. THE LZ WAS THE AREA CUT OUT BY A 5,000 LB BOMB AND HAD 50-60 FOOT STUMPS IN IT. THEY AHD BEEN LANDING INTO A 45 DEGREE UP SLOPE. THESE STUMPS SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLEARED BY THE GROUND UNIT AS THE DAY PROGRESSED. THE AIRCRAFT THAT LANDED IN THE LZ JUST PRIOR TO WO RAY WAS OBSERVED TO EXPERIENCE SOME DIFFICULTIES. THE WEATHER WAS OVERCAST WITH LIGHT RAIN. THE WIND WAS COLM AND DA 6,000 FEET. WO RAY'S APPROACH INTO THE LZ WAS NORMAL UNTIL A RAPID DESCENT WAS NOTED WHERE UPON THE TAIL ROTOR STRUCK A 50 FOOT STUMP, FOLLOWED BY A MAIN ROTOR STRIKE. THE AIRCRAFT LANDED ON ITS LEFT SIDE. CWO BLANCHARD SHUT OFF ALL SYSTEMS EXCEPT THE THROTTLE, AS IT WAS JAMMED. WO RAY, CWO BLANCHARD AND SP5 ULMSCHNIDER WERE ABLE TO EXIT THE AIRCRAFT UNAIDED. THE GUNNER WAS THROWN CLEAR.\\

This record was last updated on 09/20/98


The following is crew member information for this incident:


Name: SP4 Dale Eugene Thompson
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 10/21/69 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Age at death: 21.3
Date of Birth: 06/28/48
Home City: Eaton, IN
Service: component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 4 INF
Major organization: 4th Infantry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 17W-104
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-16094
SSN: 317525362
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 11B20 = Infantryman
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 03/10/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 01
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: Protestant - no denominational preference
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 07/30/95



Name: SP4 John Edward Cook
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 10/21/69 while performing the duty of Gunner.
Age at death: 23.2
Date of Birth: 08/13/46
Home City: Paragould, AR
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 189 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 17W-100
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-16094
SSN: 430940289
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67A1F = Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: door gunner
Started Tour: 01/14/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died illness or injuries
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Pentecostal
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 07/28/94


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16094
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 0769.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6907   0    0 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6908   0    0 3300   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC 
6909  18   18 WDUVAA 189 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6910  96  114 WC5CAA 572ND MI DET     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6911   0  114 WC5CAA 572ND MI DET     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6912   0  114 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
7001   0  114 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
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