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Historical Data Display for Aircraft 66-01085

Model: UH-1H
Date Purchased: Jan 1967
Service with Rattlers & Firebirds: From Mar 1969 To Jun 1969
Flight Hours: Beginning 1,074 / Ending 1,585 -> Hours Flown: 511

Aircraft Accident/Incident History

Date: 13 May 1971
Description:
Total flight hours at this point: 2,800
Accident case number: 710513051
Unit: 48 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Da Nang in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 6
costing 2118
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
P O2 SMITH PB
CP W1 HOLDRIDGE MR
CE E5 HEWITT FE
G E4 MILLER RL

Passengers:
, PAX, G; , PAX, G; , PAX, G; , PAX, G; , PAX, G; , PAX, G;


Accident Summary:

Aircraft 66-1085 had been doing routine resupply missions all morning for the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. They had refueled and returned on station, when they were instructed to pick up 6 U.S. Passengers on hill 350. The time was approximately 0915 and a low cloud cover prevented landing at that time. After circling for approximately 25 minutes it was possible to make a landing. The top pad at hill 350 was big enough to land one helicopter. On the northwest and south sides were very steep slopes. Other obstacles around the pad included conexes and a water trailer. Six U.S. Passengers without field gear were loaded onto the aircraft. 1LT Smith, the pilot, told the co-pilot to execute a good hover check before take-off. Fuel load at this time was 800-900 pounds. Wind was not a factor, since weather reports gave surface winds at 3 knots. As the co-pilot picked up to a hover, the aircraft began to spin to the right. The co-pilot pushed left pedal to the stop with no apparent effect. The pilot took the aircraft and yelled for the co-pilot to release the controls, which he did not hear. Due to the co-pilots extremely tight grip on the throttle the pilot was unable to roll off throttle and execute a hovering autorotation. The pilot did the only other logical procedure and that was to put the aircraft down hard enough to stop the spin. The aircraft was moving extremely close to the edge of the cliff and the tail boom was in danger of hitting a water trailer. When the aircraft hit hard, the impact bent the skids. The pilot told the co-pilot to shut down the aircraft while he got out and inspected the damage. The aircraft had come to rest very close to the edge of the cliff with the tail boom very near to striking the water trailer.

Aircraft Assignment History

DateUnitAreaPostCountry
67-01TRAN MDMHELCO SALASKAALASKA
67-02TRAN MDMHELCO SALASKAALASKA
67-03GEN SUPPLY DIV4THARMYRED RIVER ADAVCOM B7
67-04ARMY AVN DIV6TH ARMYDUGWAY PGTEVALCOM
67-05ARMY AVN DIV6TH ARMYDUGWAY PGTEVALCOM
67-06USARV FLT DETVIETNAMRVN
67-07USARV FLT DETVIETNAMRVN
67-08BELL HCPTRBAILMENTFT WORTHAVCOM
67-09BELL HCPTRBAILMENTFT WORTHAVCOM
67-10BELL HCPTRBAILMENTFT WORTHAVCOM
67-11355 AVN CO4TH ARMYFORT SILL4TH ARMY
67-12355 AVN CO4TH ARMYFORT SILL4TH ARMY
68-01355 AVN CO4TH ARMYFORT SILL4TH ARMY
68-02355 AVN CO4TH ARMYFORT SILL4TH ARMY
68-03355 AVN CO4TH ARMYFORT SILL4TH ARMY
68-04BELL HCPTRBAILMENTFT WORTHAVCOM
68-05355 AVN CO4TH ARMYFORT SILL4TH ARMY
68-06355 AVN CO4TH ARMYFORT SILL4TH ARMY
68-07OPM SEA NITEOPS1ST ARMYFORT BELVOIRAMC
68-08USA FLT TNG CTRAV SCHFORT STEWARTCONARCAS
68-09USA FLT TNG CTRAV SCHFORT STEWARTCONARCAS
68-10RED RIVER AD4TH ARMYRED RIVER ADAMC
68-11RED RIVER AD4TH ARMYRED RIVER ADAMC
68-12RED RIVER AD4TH ARMYRED RIVER ADAMC
69-01HHD 44 ENG GPTHAILANDPACIFIC
69-02HHD 44 ENG GPTHAILANDPACIFIC
69-0371STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
69-0471STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
69-0571STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
69-0671STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
69-07142 TC DSVIETNAMRVN
69-08OS TO CONUSITR CONUSAVCOMITR
69-09ARADMACIN MAINTNAVAL AIR STNAVCOM
69-10ARADMACIN MAINTNAVAL AIR STNAVCOM
69-11ARADMACIN MAINTNAVAL AIR STNAVCOM
69-12ARADMACIN MAINTNAVAL AIR STNAVCOM
70-01608 TRANS COVIETNAMRVN
70-0248 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
70-0348 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
70-0448 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
70-0548 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
70-0648 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
70-0748 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
70-0848 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
70-0948 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
70-1048 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
70-1148 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
70-1248 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
71-0148 AHCVIETNAMRVN
71-0248 AHCVIETNAMRVN
71-0348 AHCVIETNAMRVN
71-0448 AHCVIETNAMRVN
71-0548 AHCVIETNAMRVN
71-0648 AHCVIETNAMRVN
71-0748 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
71-0848 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
71-0948 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
71-1048 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
71-1148 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
71-1248 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
72-0148 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
72-0248 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
72-0348 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
72-0448 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
72-0548 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
72-0648 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
72-0748 ASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
72-08142 TC DSVIETNAMRVN
72-09142 TC DSVIETNAMRVN
72-10142 TC DSVIETNAMRVN
72-11142 TC DSVIETNAMRVN
72-12142 TC DSVIETNAMRVN
73-01142 TC DSVIETNAMRVN