Helicopter UH-1C 66-15151

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15151
The Army purchased this helicopter 0667
Total flight hours at this point: 00001264
Date: 09/14/1969
Accident case number: 690914081
Unit: 134 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Phu Hiep in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 2610
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 DEIKOWSKI M

Accident Summary:

ACFT LOST PWR IN FLT & AUTO TO RICE PADDY ICDT DMG ON LDG \

Additional account by SP/4 Tipple.  Crash of 66-15151


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15151
The Army purchased this helicopter 0667
Total flight hours at this point: 00001449
Date: 01/11/1970
Incident number: 700111081ACD Accident case number: 700111081 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 134 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Phu Hiep in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 1 . . Injured = 3 . . Passengers = 0
costing 269415
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 O3 PORTER BE
P W1 INGLE LM
CE SP4 HAMRICK EDWARD JOSEPH KIA
G E4 TIPPLE RD

Accident Summary:

ON 11 JANUARY 1970, HILICOPTER UH-1C, SN 66-15151, WAS ON STAND-BY AT LZ ENGLISH WORKING IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE 61ST OPERATIONS, IN SUPPORT OF THE 173RD AIRBORNE BRIGADE. AT APPROXIMATELY 1415 HOURS THE AIRCXRAFT WAS SCRAMBLED TO COVER A DUST-OFF PICK-UP IN THE VICINITY OF BR6471. THE AIRCRAFT PROCEEDED TO THE PICK-UP SIGHT, MAKING CONTACT WITH THE DUST-OFF 17 TO COORDINATE THE MISSION. DUST-OFF 17 ADVISED THAT THE WEATHER IN THE PICK-UP AREA WAS MARGINAL BUT HE WOULD TRY TO GET INTO THE AREA. UPON MAKING AN ATTEMPT INTO THE AREA, HE ADVISED DEVIL 6, CAPTAIN PORTER, AND HIS WINGMAN TO DO A 180 DEG TURN OUT OF THE AREA. DUST-OFF 17 ADVISED DEVIL 6 TO EVALUATE THE CAPABILITIES OF HIS AIRCRAFT AND THAT THE MISSION WAS NOT AS URGENT AS IT HAD SEEMED AND THAT THE WEATHER WAS GETTING WORSE IN THE PICK-UP AREA. AFTER CONSIDERING THE SITUATION, DEVIL 6 AND DUST-OFF 17 DECIDED TO TRY AGAIN. THIS TIME DEVIL 6 WAS TO TRY TO GO OVER THE RIDGE LINE FIRST. AT THIS TIME THE TRAIL GUNSHIP SUGGESTED A POSSIBLE ALTERNATE ROUTE INTO THE AREA. DEVIL 6 DECIDED TO GO AHEAD AND TRY THE RIDGE LINE AGAIN. DEVIL 6 MADE HIS APPROACH AT A HIGH AIRSPEED, TRYING TO MAKE IT OVER THE RIDGE LINE BEFORE THE WEATHER CLOSED IN. DEVIL 6 WENT IFR UPON REACHING THE RIDGE LINE, AT APPROXIMATELY 1445 HOURS. HE ATTEMPTED TO CLIMB OUT OF THE WEATHER AND CONTACT PHU CAT AIR FORCE BASE,LOCATED 33 KILOMETERS TO THE SOUTHEAST OF THE PICK-UP AREA FOR A GCA. AT APPROXIMATELY 1448 HOURS, THE TRAIL GUNSHIP TRIED TO CONTACT CAPTAIN PORTER ON FM, VHF, AND UHF RADIOS WITH NEGATIVE RESULTS. HE THEN CALLED THE SUPPORT UNIT AT LZ ENGLISH AND ADVISED THEM OF DEVIL 6'S SITUATION. IT WAS ASSUMED THAT CAPTAIN PORTER AND HIS CREW HAD CRASHED. AT APPROXIMATELY 1600 HOURS, A SEARCH AND RESCUE WAS INITIATED FOR THE CREW AND AIRCRAFT WHICH LASTED FOR TWO DAYS UNTIL THE AFTERNOON OF THE 14TH. THREE MEMBERS OF THE CREW WERE FOUND AT BR678708 AND THE AIRCRAFT WRECKAGE WAS FOUND AT BR657695.\\

This record was last updated on 05/25/1998


The following is crew member information for this incident:


Name: SP4 Edward Joseph Hamrick
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/11/1970 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 21.2
Date of Birth: 11/08/1948
Home City: Shinnston, WV
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 134 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 14W-026
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-15151
SSN: 233768704
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67N2F = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: crew chief
Started Tour: 03/15/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Binh Dinh Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
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 07/28/1994


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15151
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 0667.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6706   1    1 9221   USARV FLT DET    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6707  35   36 WDFJAA 134 AVN CO       3RD ARMY   FORT BRAGG       3RD ARMY      
6708   8   44 WDFJAA 134 AVN CO       3RD ARMY   FORT BRAGG       3RD ARMY      
6709  31   75 WDFJAA 134 AVN CO       3RD ARMY   FORT BRAGG       3RD ARMY      
6710   0   75 WDFJAA 134 AVN CO       3RD ARMY   FORT BRAGG       3RD ARMY      
6711   0   75 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6712  42  117 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6801  34  151 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6802  49  200 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6803  64  264 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6804  67  331 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6805  65  396 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6806  71  467 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6807  72  539 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6808  46  585 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6809  55  640 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6810  22  662 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6811  54  716 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6812  59  775 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6901  53  828 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6902  44  872 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6903  70  942 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6904  62 1004 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6905  86 1090 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6906  68 1158 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6907  51 1209 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6908  45 1254 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6909  10 1264 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6910  86 1350 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6911  85 1435 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6912  14 1449 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     


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