Helicopter UH-1H 68-15316

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15316
The Army purchased this helicopter 0169
Total flight hours at this point: 00001205
Date: 02/25/1970
Accident case number: 700225191 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 134 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Phu Hiep in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 1 . . Passengers = 2
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. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC W1 MULLEN JA
P W1 PRICE JW
CE E4 ESTES GR
G E4 PARODI EL

Passengers:
 STRICKLAND, PAX, G; RICHARDSON, PAX, G;


Accident Summary:

 AT APPROXIMATELY 0800 HOURS ON 25 FEBRUARY 1970, WO1 MULLEN AND WO1 PRICE WERE FLYING FROM PHU HIEP, RVN TO LANE AHP, AN SON, RVN. WO1 MULLEN CALLED LANE TOWER, REPORTED INBOUND AT CHECKPOINT CHARLIE AND WAS TOLD THAT LANDING WOULD BE TO THE SOUTHWEST. AS WO1 MULLEN STARTED TURNING FROM EXTENDED LEFT BASE TO FINAL AT 600 FEET, (LANE TRAFFIC ALTITUDE) AND 90 KNOTS, HE FELT A JERK IN THE AIRCRAFT WHICH HE FIRST THOUGHT WAS A LOSS OF TAIL ROTOR AND IMMEDIATELY ENTERED AUTOROTATION. LATER HE DETERMINED THAT HIS 90 GEARBOX AND TAILROTOR SECTION HAD BEEN SEPARATED FROM THE AIRCRAFT WHEN HE SAW THEM FLY PAST THE AIRCRAFT. THE LOSS OF THE 90 GEARBOX AND TAILROTOR GAVE THE AIRCRAFT A NOSE LOW ALTITUDE WITH FULL AFT CYCLIC. WHEN THE SHIP TOUCHED GROUND THIS NOSE LOW ALTITUDE RESULTED IN AN AIRCRAFT SPEED OF 5 TO 7 KMOTS, CAUSING IT TO LAND HARD ON THE LEFT SIDE AND ROLL TO THE LEFT AS THE LEFT SKID COLLAPSED. AFTER THE AIRCRAFT HAD COME TO REST, WO1 MULLEN CRAWLED OUT OF THE COCKPIT THROUGH THE PLASTIC CABIN ROOF WINDOW. NOTICING THAT HIS PILOT WAS HAVING DIFFICULTY WITH HIS SEAT BELT HE CRAWLED BACK IN AND HELPED WO1 PRICE OUT OF THE AIRCRAFT. THEY WER PICKED UP IMMEDIATELY BY A SHIP FROM THE 129TH ASLT HEL CO.\\


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15316
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 0169.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6901   0    0 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6902  10   10 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6903 131  141 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6904 119  260 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6905 125  385 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6906 120  505 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6907 122  627 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6908 125  752 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6909  74  826 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6910 134  960 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6911  90 1050 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6912  45 1095 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7001 110 1205 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7002   0 1205 WC07AA 134 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7003   0 1205 WCLNAA 79 TRANS CO      VIETNAM                     RVN     


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