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Historical Data Display for Aircraft 66-16312

Model: UH-1H
Date Purchased: Apr 1967
Service with Rattlers & Firebirds: From May 1968 To Dec 1970
Flight Hours: Beginning 2 / Ending 3,140 -> Hours Flown: 3,138

Aircraft Accident/Incident History

Date: 15 Jun 1969
Description:
Total flight hours at this point: 1,291
Accident case number: 690615101
Unit: 71 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Chu Lai in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 32665
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 BURNS JV
P W1 LANG NE
CE E4 PIEPER CE
G E3 MILLER SG

Accident Summary:

Aircraft refueled at LZ Ross. Fuel gauge read 1100 pounds. Aircraft commander and pilot remember running seven sorties which took an hour and fifteen minutes. One last sortie was run from LZ Center to LZ East. Upon touching down at LZ East the aircraft commander read the fuel gauge and said it was indicating about 350 pounds. The pilot read the fuel gauge and read 220 pounds. The pilot pushed the fuel gauge test switch. The fuel gauge dropped to zero then came back to 220 pounds. The aircraft commander made the takeoff from LZ East and proceeded to fly direct to LZ Ross. Climbout was to 2000 feet indicated and 90 knots indicated. When approaching the ridge line between LZ East and LZ Ross, the aircraft commander pulled in power and climbed to 3000 feet indicated. Still indicating 90 knots. About one mile out of LZ Ross the fuel pressure gauge began to fluctuate and dropped to zero. The engine was still running, so long final approach was continued to LZ Ross at 120 knots. About 300 meters and 200 feet from the point of intended landing, the aircraft commander stated the engine quit. The aircraft commander bottomed the collective, rolling off throttle simultaneously. Both rotor and engine tachometer were observed to go past 6000 RPM. The aircraft commander did not see the needles split. At this point the aircraft commander nosed the aircraft over in an attempt to extend his glide, making constant flaring movements in an attempt to build RPM. After the RPM had dropped to 5500 engine and 235 rotor the aircraft commander became more concerned with his landing. The pilot saw the engine and rotor RPM go down to about 4300 RPM. A flare was made to lift the aircraft over an embankment, the air craft commander pulled up on the collective in an attempt to cushion the landing. Airspeed was about 60 knots at touchdown. Aircraft landed hard, touching the tail stinger first and then the rear portion of the skids. The pilot thought the aircraft was going to flip over forward at one point and both the aircraft commander and the pilot pulled back on the cyclic. The tail came down hard and the main rotor blade struck the tail boom just in front of the 42 degree gear box severing the tail section. The aircraft travelled approximately 153 feet before coming to rest. The aircraft remained in an upright position.

Date: 01 Dec 1969
Description:
Total flight hours at this point: 1,844
Unit: 71 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
for Troop Insertation
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was Landing at 0002 feet and 015 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 6 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 Left Side
Systems damaged were: FUEL SYS
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: BDART, 00238 (Battle Damage Assessment and Reporting Team Report.)

Aircraft Assignment History

DateUnitAreaPostCountry
67-04GEN SUPPLY DIV4THARMYRED RIVER ADAVCOM
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
68-0571STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
68-0671STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
68-0771STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
68-0871STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
68-0971STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
68-1071STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
68-1171STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
68-1271STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
69-0171STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
69-0271STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
69-0371STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
69-0471STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
69-0571STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
69-0671STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
69-0771STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
69-0871STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
69-0971STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
69-1071STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
69-1171STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
69-1271STASLT HEL COVIETNAMRVN
70-0171 AHC AM DIVVIETNAMRVN
70-0271 AHC AM DIVVIETNAMRVN
70-0371 AHC AM DIVVIETNAMRVN
70-0471 AHC AM DIVVIETNAMRVN
70-0571 AHC AM DIVVIETNAMRVN
70-0671 AHC AM DIVVIETNAMRVN
70-0771 AHC AM DIVVIETNAMRVN
70-0871 AHC AM DIVVIETNAMRVN
70-0971 AHC AM DIVVIETNAMRVN
70-1071 AHC AM DIVVIETNAMRVN
70-1171 AHC AM DIVVIETNAMRVN
70-1271 AHC AM DIVVIETNAMRVN
71-01142 TC DSVIETNAMRVN
71-02AVSCOM FLT DET5TH ARMYST LOUISAVSCOM
71-03AVSCOM FLT DET5TH ARMYST LOUISAVSCOM
71-04AVSCOM FLT DET5TH ARMYST LOUISAVSCOM
71-05RED RIVER AD4TH ARMYRED RIVER ADAMC
71-06RED RIVER AD4TH ARMYRED RIVER ADAMC
71-07NAVAL RESEARCHLOANU MICHIGANECOM
71-08NAVAL RESEARCHLOANU MICHIGANECOM
71-09NAVAL RESEARCHLOANU MICHIGANECOM
71-10NAVAL RESEARCHLOANU MICHIGANECOM
71-11NAVAL RESEARCHLOANU MICHIGANECOM
71-12NAVAL RESEARCHLOANU MICHIGANECOM
72-01USAAVNSAVN SCHOOLFORT RUCKERCONARCAS
72-02USAAVNSAVN SCHOOLFORT RUCKERCONARCAS
72-03USAAVNSAVN SCHOOLFORT RUCKERCONARCAS
72-04USAAVNSAVN SCHOOLFORT RUCKERCONARCAS
72-05USAAVNSAVN SCHOOLFORT RUCKERCONARCAS
72-06USAAVNSAVN SCHOOLFORT RUCKERCONARCAS
72-07USAAVNSAVN SCHOOLFORT RUCKERCONARCAS
72-08USAAVNSAVN SCHOOLFORT RUCKERCONARCAS
72-09USAAVNSAVN SCHOOLFORT RUCKERCONARCAS
72-10USAAVNSAVN SCHOOLFORT RUCKERCONARCAS
72-11USAAVNSAVN SCHOOLFORT RUCKERCONARCAS
72-12USAAVNSAVN SCHOOLFORT RUCKERCONARCAS
73-01USAAVNSAVN SCHOOLFORT RUCKERCONARCAS
73-02USAAVNSAVN SCHOOLFORT RUCKERCONARCAS
73-03USAAVNSAVN SCHOOLFORT RUCKERCONARCAS
73-04USAAVNSAVN SCHOOLFORT RUCKERCONARCAS
73-05USAAVNSAVN SCHOOLFORT RUCKERCONARCAS
73-06USAAVNSAVN SCHOOLFORT RUCKERCONARCAS
73-07USAAVNS1ST ARMYFORT RUCKERTRADOCAS
73-08USAAVNS1ST ARMYFORT RUCKERTRADOCAS
73-09USAAVNS1ST ARMYFORT RUCKERTRADOCAS
73-10USAAVNS1ST ARMYFORT RUCKERTRADOCAS
73-11USAAVNS1ST ARMYFORT RUCKERTRADOCAS
73-12USAAVNS1ST ARMYFORT RUCKERTRADOCAS
74-01USAAVNS1ST ARMYFORT RUCKERTRADOCAS
74-02USAAVNS1ST ARMYFORT RUCKERTRADOCAS
74-03USAAVNS1ST ARMYFORT RUCKERTRADOCAS
74-04USAAVNS1ST ARMYFORT RUCKERTRADOCAS
74-05USAAVNS1ST ARMYFORT RUCKERTRADOCAS
74-09USAAVNS1ST ARMYFORT RUCKERTRADOCAS
74-10USAAVNS1ST ARMYFORT RUCKERTRADOCAS
74-11USAAVNS1ST ARMYFORT RUCKERTRADOCAS
74-12USAAVNS1ST ARMYFORT RUCKERTRADOCAS
75-01USAAVNS1ST ARMYFORT RUCKERTRADOCAS
75-02USAAVNS1ST ARMYFORT RUCKERTRADOCAS
75-03USAAVNS1ST ARMYFORT RUCKERTRADOCAS
75-04USAAVNS1ST ARMYFORT RUCKERTRADOCAS
75-05USAAVNS1ST ARMYFORT RUCKERTRADOCAS
75-06USAAVNS1ST ARMYFORT RUCKERTRADOCAS
75-07USAAVNS1ST ARMYFORT RUCKERTRADOCAS
75-09NASALOANLANGLY RSH CTRAVSCOM
75-10NASALOANLANGLY RSH CTRAVSCOM
75-11NASALOANLANGLY RSH CTRAVSCOM
75-12NASALOANLANGLY RSH CTRAVSCOM