6204578

Helicopter 62-04578

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 62-04578
The Army purchased this helicopter 0963
Total flight hours at this point: 00003080
Date: 08/18/69
Unit: 48 AHC
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: BP972824
Loss to Inventory


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 62-04578
The Army purchased this helicopter 0963
Total flight hours at this point: 00003080
Date: 08/18/69
Accident case number: 690818251 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 48 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Ninh Hoa in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 2 . . Passengers = 0
costing 244760

Crew Members:
AC W2 WIGGINS RH
P W1 MATTINGLY AB

Accident Summary:

 3N 18 AUGUST 1969, A UH-1B AIRCRAFT, SN: 62-4578, WAS DEPARTING THE 48TH AVIATION COMPANY (ASSAULT HELICOPTER) ON A FIRE MISSION AT APPROXI-MATELY 1600 HOURS. THE AIRCRAFT, BEING A BRAVO MODEL GUN SHIP, HAD A FOUR MAN CREW, ONE OBSERVER, AND WAS FULLY ARMED UPON TAKE-OFF. A HOVER CHECK WAS MADE PRIOR TO TAKE-OFF WITH NO LOSS OF RPM AND ALL INSTRUMENTS READ NORMAL. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER INITIATED THE TAKE-OFF. AT APPROXIMATELY 5/ FEET AND 40 KNOTS, A LOUD NOISE WAS HEARD FROM THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT, AND THE ENGINE FAILED. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER KNEW HE WAS TOO LOW TO AUTOROTATE. HE KEPT THE AIRCRAFT IN LEVEL ATTITUDE AND MAINTAINED HIS COLLECTIVE PITCH. THE AIRCRAFT, IT SEEMED TO THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER, WAS GOING TO STRIKE A THREE FOOT DIKE. HE DECELERATED THE AIRCRAFT SLIGHTLY, WHICH WAS ENOUGH TO MISS THE DIKE. AT APPROXIMATELY TWO FEET FROM THE GROUND THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER PULLED REMAINING PITCH IN ORDER TO TRY AND CUSHION THE AIRCRAFT'S LANDING; HOWEVER, DUE TO LOW RPM THE AIRCRAFT LANDED HARD. THE AIRCRAFT REMAINED UPRIGHT, AND THE CREW AND THE OBSERVER EXITED THE AIRCRAFT. SMOKE WAS NOTICED COMING FROM THE RADIO COMPARTMENT. A FIRE HAD ALSO STARTED APPROXIMATELY 20 TO 30 METERS TO THE REAR OF THE AIRCRAFT. SEVERAL PERSONNEL FROM THE 48TH ARRIVED AND HELPED THE CREW AWAY FROM THE AIRCRAFT. THE FIRE FIGHTING CREW ARRIVED AND ATTEMPTED TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE. THEIR EFFORTS TO SAVE THE AIRCRAFT PROVED FUTILE. THE TALL GRASS AROUND THE AIRCRAFT BEGAN BURNING RAPIDLY, AND SOON ENGULFED THE AIRCRAFT IN FLAMES. EVERYONE WAS EVACUATED FROM THE AREA DUE TO THE AIRCRAFT BEING FULLY ARMED. THE CREW WAS TAKEN TO THE 48TH DISPENSARY WHERE ALL MEDICAL TREATMENT WAS ADMINISTERED. ALL PERSONNEL WERE RELEASED BY THE FLIGHT SURGEON.\\


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 62-04578
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 0963.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6610  41 1704 WCLQAA 335 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6611  40 1744 WCLQAA 335 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6612  69 1813 WCLQAA 335 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6701  19 1832 WCLQAA 335 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6702  55 1887 WCLQAA 335 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6703  30 1917 WCLQAA 335 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6704  25 1942 WCLQAA 335 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6705   6 1948 WCLGAA 765 TRANS BN     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6706  96 2044 WCLGAA 765 TRANS BN     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6707  60 2104 WCLGAA 765 TRANS BN     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6708  35 2139 WCLGAA 765 TRANS BN     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6709  31 2170 WCLGAA 765 TRANS BN     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6710  70 2240 WCLGAA 765 TRANS BN     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6711   0 2240 WCLGAA 765 TRANS BN     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6712   0 2240 W0MUAA ARADMAC          4TH ARMY   NAVAL AIR STA    AVCOM         
6801   0 2240 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
6802   0 2240 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
6803   0 2240 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
6804   0 2240 3300   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM     
6805  43 2283 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6806  43 2326 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6807  37 2363 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6808  58 2421 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6809 107 2528 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6810  53 2581 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6811  46 2627 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6812  42 2669 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6901  54 2723 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6902  58 2781 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6903  46 2827 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6904  74 2901 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6905  99 3000 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6906  69 3069 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6907  11 3080 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6908   0 3080 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6909   0 3080 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6910   0 3080 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6911  36 3116 WC5EAA 608 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN

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Gary Roush
43 Overbrook Road
Painted Post, NY 14870


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