Helicopter UH-1C 66-15044

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15044
The Army purchased this helicopter 0367
Total flight hours at this point: 00000927
Date: 04/17/68
Accident case number: 680417031
Unit: 175 AHC
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 18011
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W2 SKAVDAHL WT

Accident Summary:

The aircraft was hovering in a revetment for the purpose of turning the aircraft 180 degrees, when the tail rotor of the hovering aircraft contacted the main rotor of an aircraft parked in a revetment. The aircraft turned 180 degrees and a hovering autorotation was executed. A ground guide was being utilized, however, blowing dust blinded the guide and he gave a signal to stop the aircraft movement. This occurred at the same time as the rotor strike. The revetment floor was unsuitable for use of ground handling wheels to effect movement of the aircraft

This record was last updated on 04/13/97


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15044
The Army purchased this helicopter 0367
Total flight hours at this point: 00001229
Date: 08/15/68
Accident case number: 680815061
Unit: 175 AHC
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 19914
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC O3 GOLDMARK CS

Accident Summary:

The aircraft was in flight when an engine chip detector light came on. The aircraft commander went into a power on autorotation. At 75 feet the engine failed. The aircraft commander continued the autorotation to touch down in a rice paddy. The main rotor blades flexed down striking the tail rotor drive shaft at the 42 degree gear box

This record was last updated on 04/17/97


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15044
The Army purchased this helicopter 0367
Total flight hours at this point: 00001229
Date: 09/12/68
Accident case number: 680912151
Unit: 175 AHC
South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 2 . . Passengers = 0
costing 169565
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 MONGOGNA JB
P W1 SMITH BE

Accident Summary:

Maverick lead and his wingman Maverick "31" had refueled at Can Tho and proceeded to the operational area, which was just northwest of Phung Hiep. They had reconnoitered the area early that morning and had also escorted lift ships into the same area that the accident took place. At 1125 at 300 feet and 90 knots, after approximately an hour and 20 minutes in the air, the crew noticed smoke coming into the rear section of the aircraft. The crew chief immediately alerted Mr. Mongogna of the situation, and started looking for its source. The aircraft commander, turning from his present heading of 050 degrees, into the wind, which was coming from a heading of 290 degrees, checked all instruments and found them to be in normal operating range. He initiated a power on autorotation while still monitoring the instruments for possible indications of trouble, all instruments were in the "green". While looking for a place to land, the pilot, Mr. Smith, noticed he had a master caution and chip detector light come on, at which time he informed the aircraft commander. The aircraft commander immediately radioed "Maverick Lead" and told him, that he was going to put the aircraft in the nearest open paddy. At 100 feet MSL, the aircraft commander started into his flare, the aircraft had little response. At the time of his first flare he noticed a slight drop in rotor RPM. He initiated more of a flare, by pulling the cyclic all the way back, trying to dissipate the rest of his airspeed. The aircraft again had little response, but, Mr. Mongogna in initiating the hard flare, was able to get the aircraft in a slight nose high attitude for landing. At approximately 50 feet, the aircraft commander tried cushioning the aircraft for landing, by pulling up on the collective. The cushioning failed the aircraft fell through, hit hard, bounced off the ground into the air, hit again, came to rest and slowly rolled over on its right side

This record was last updated on 04/29/97


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15044
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 0367.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6703   0    0 W0Y6AA TRAN MDMHELCO S  ALASKA                      ALASKA
6704  74   74 WC43AA 175 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6705  85  159 WC43AA 175 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6706  80  239 WC43AA 175 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6707  78  317 WC43AA 175 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6708  75  392 WC43AA 175 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6709  96  488 WC43AA 175 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6710  85  573 WC43AA 175 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6711   0  573 WC43AA 175 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6712  41  614 WC43AA 175 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6801  32  646 WC43AA 175 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6802 116  762 WC43AA 175 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6803  72  834 WC43AA 175 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6804  93  927 WC43AA 175 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6805  74 1001 WC43AA 175 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6806  92 1093 WC43AA 175 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6807  90 1183 WC43AA 175 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
6808  46 1229 WC43AA 175 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN



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