Helicopter UH-1D 66-16632

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16632
The Army purchased this helicopter 0767
Total flight hours at this point: 00001362
Date: 07/26/1970
Incident number: 700726071ACD Accident case number: 700726071 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 498 MED
The station for this helicopter was Qui Nhon in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 1 . . Injured = 3 . . Passengers = 2
costing 305145
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 W1 NORTON RT
P WO1 PARKER WILLIAM AVALON KIA
CE E3 KNOWLES L

Passengers:
 E5 RA HISE, M, D; E3 M BROWN, PAX, D;


Accident Summary:

 ON 26 JULY 1970 ^NORTON, ROBERT T., WO1, 450-58-4459,^ AND THE CREW ABOARD HIS HSIP DEPARTED LZ ENGLISH ENROUTE TO LOU DO BEACH, GRID COORDINATES BR 9794. THE TRIP FROM LZ ENGLISH TO LOU DO BEACH WAS MADE AT LOW ALTITUDE OVER THE ENTIRE ROUTE. THE SHIP LEFT FOUR PASSENGERS OFF AND PICKED UP ONE PASSENGER. THE SHIP DEPARTED THE PAD AT LOU DO BEACH AND PROCEEDED DOWN THE BEACH AT AN APPROXIMATE HEADING OF 160. AT APPROXIMATELY 2200 FEET DOWN THE BEACH AT AN APPROXIMATE HEADING OF 160. AT APPROXIMATELY 2200 FEET DOWN THE BEACH THE SHIP BEGAN A STEEP TURN TO THE LEFT. THE ALTITUDE WAS ESTIMATED TO BE 40 FEET WHEN THE TURN WAS INITIATED. THE AIRCRAFT APPARANTLY BEGAN TO SETTLE AND CONSEQUENTLY THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES STRUCK THE WATER ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE SHIP. AT THIS TIME THE SHIP PITCHED FORWARD AND ROLLED TO THE RIGHT. THE RIGHT FRONT CABIN SECTION STRUCK THE WATER AND THE SHIP INVERTED. AT THIS POINT THE AIRCRAFT BEGAN TO DISINTEGRATE. THE ACTUAL CRASH SITE WAS APPROXIMATELY 120 AT 700 FEET OFFSHORE FROM WHERE THE TURN WAS INITIATED. FOUR SURVIVORS OF THE CRASH WERE RESCUED BY A SPEEDBOAT AND ^PARKER, WILLIAM A., WO1, 419-48-0235,^ EXPIRED AS A RESULT OF THE CRASH. HIS BODY WAS RECOVERED 20 MINUTES LATER BY SWIMMERS IN THE AREA.\\

This record was last updated on 09/20/1998


The following is crew member information for this incident:


Name: WO1 William Avalon Parker
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 07/26/1970 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 31.7
Date of Birth: 10/26/1938
Home City: Scottsboro, AL
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 498 MED
Major organization: USARV
Flight class: 69-37/69-35
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 08W-055
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16632
Call sign: Dustoff
SSN: 419480235
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 02/19/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Binh Dinh Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Presbyterian
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: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 07/29/1995


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16632
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 0767.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6707  30   30 WDFJAA 134 AVN CO       3RD ARMY   FORT BRAGG       3RD ARMY      
6708  47   77 WDFJAA 134 AVN CO       3RD ARMY   FORT BRAGG       3RD ARMY      
6709  31  108 WDFJAA 134 AVN CO       3RD ARMY   FORT BRAGG       3RD ARMY       
6710   0  108 WDFJAA 134 AVN CO       3RD ARMY   FORT BRAGG       3RD ARMY      
6711   0  108 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6712  33  141 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6801  41  182 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6802  25  207 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6803  33  240 WC3HAA 128 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6804  74  314 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6805  31  345 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6806  35  380 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6807  31  411 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6808  37  448 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6809  28  476 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6810  53  529 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6811  10  539 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6812  20  559 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6901   6  565 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6902  36  601 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6903  84  685 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6904  18  703 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6905  51  754 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6906   0  754 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6907  84  838 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6908  44  882 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6909  62  944 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6910  65 1009 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6911  36 1045 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6912  62 1107 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
7001  39 1146 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
7002  50 1196 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
7003  51 1247 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
7004  28 1275 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
7005  68 1343 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     
7006  19 1362 WBM2AA 498 MED CO AM    VIETNAM                     RVN     


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