Helicopter UH-1H 68-16420

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16420
The Army purchased this helicopter 1169
Total flight hours at this point: 00000260
Date: 01/26/70
Accident case number: 700126241
Unit: 189 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Cheo Reo in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 5555
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 CORNELL DN

Accident Summary:

 ACFT ATTEMPTING TO EXTRACT TEAM IN HVY CONTACT & WAS FORCED TO GO INTO UNSUITABLE LZ BY SITUATION TEAM WAS PINNED DOWN BY HVYEN FIRE & IN TRYING TO HOVER AS CLOSE TO TEAM AS POSSIBLE ACFT EXPC BLADE STRIKE ICDT DAM \


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16420
The Army purchased this helicopter 1169
Total flight hours at this point: 00000586
Date: 11/11/70
Accident case number: 701111131 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 173 ABN
The station for this helicopter was Bong Son in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 4 . . 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. )

Crew Members:
AC W2 LAUCK RW
CP W1 WATKINS RK
CE E3 HUNNICUTT HJ
G E3 FISHER FA

Accident Summary:

 AFTER ATTEMPTING AIRLIFT OF EMPTY CONEX CONTAINER, AIRCRAFT #68-16420 WAS REFUELED AT LZ ENGLISH. WHILE FUELING THE AIRCRAFT, AIRCRAFT COMMANDER LAUCK INSTRUCTED CREWCHIEF TO CHECK FOR SOURCE OF SMOKE NOTICED EARLIER ON ATTEMPTED AIRLIFT. NEGATIVE RESULTS. AIRCRAFT COMPLETED REFUELING AND CALLED FOR DEPARTURE. ON INITIAL CLIMB OUT, DISSIPATION OF MAIN ROTOR RPM NOTICED. AIRCRAFT COMMANDER TOOK CONTROL OF AIRCRAFT FROM CO-PILOT WATKINS AND INITIATED AUTOROTATION. THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED INTO RIVER BANK COMING TO REST IN NOSE UP POSITION, RECEIVING MAJOR DAMAGE. CREW PICKED UP BY UNKNOWN SHIP AND FLOWN TO AID STATION, FOR EVENTUAL TRANSFER TO HOSPITAL.\\


War Story:
Although this helicopter was written off as the result of this incident, it was later rebuilt and returned to service


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16420
Date: 710400
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XU570000
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: VNAF (South Vietnamese Air Force. )
Loss to Inventory


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16420
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 1169.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6911   0    0 3300   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC 
6912 136  136 WDUVAA 189 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7001 124  260 WDUVAA 189 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7002 107  367 WDUVAA 189 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7003  39  406 WC5CAA 604 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN     
7004   0  406 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
7005   0  406 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
7006   1  407 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
7007   0  407 WC5GAA 610 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN     
7008  80  487 WARJAA HQ 173AIRBN BDE  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7009  25  512 WARJAA HQ 173AIRBN BDE  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7010  57  569 WARJAA HQ 173AIRBN BDE  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7011  17  586 WARJAA HQ 173AIRBN BDE  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7012   0  586 WCLNAA 79 TRANS CO      VIETNAM                     RVN     
7101   0  586 WCLNAA 79 TRANS CO      VIETNAM                     RVN     


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