6616651

Helicopter 66-16651

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16651
The Army purchased this helicopter 0767
Total flight hours at this point: 00002637
Date: 08/31/70
Accident case number: 700831241
Unit: A/7/17 CAV
The station for this helicopter was Pleiku in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 62731

Crew Members:
P W1 CARAKER DA
CP O2 WILLIAMS RO

Accident Summary:

ON THE AFTERNOON OF 31 AUGUST 1970, ^WO1 CARAKER^,^1LT WILLIAMS^ AND CREW WERE ON A TRAINING FLIGHT IN A 1'-1H, SN 66-16651. ^WO1 CARAKER^ HAD GIVEN ^1LT WILLIAMS^ TWO TALK-DOWNS GCA'S INTO HENSEL AIRFIELD LOCATED AT CAMP ENARI, 11 MILES SOUTH OF CAMP HOLLOWAY. ^WO1 CARAKER^ THEN PUT ON THE HOOD AND WAS FLYING ON THE INSTRUMENTS WITH ^1LT WILLIAMS^GIVING HIM TALK-DOWN CGA. THEY WERE FLYING AT APPROXIMATELY 3600 FEET (700 FEET AGL), HEADING 210 DEGREES, APPROXIMATELY 5 MILES SOUTH EAST OF HENSEL AIRFIELD. ^WO1 CARAKER^ HEARD A WHINING NOISE AND ASSUMED IT WAS THE HYDRAULICS GOING OUT. HE IMMEDIATELY SLOWED THE AIRCRAFT TO 70 KNOTS AND ENTERED A LEFT TURN IN ORDER TO RETURN TO PLEIKU AIR BASE.WHILE IN THE TURN, ^WO1 CARAKER^ TOOK OFF HIS HOOD AND WAS REACHING FOR THE HYDRAULICS SWITCH WHEN HE NOTICED THE ENGINE TACHOMETER AT 6000 RPM. HE IMMEDIATELY ENTERED AUTOROTATION AND NOTED THE ROTOR TACHOMETER AT 300 RPM AND N1 GAS PRODUCER INDICATING 10%. ^WO1 CARAKER^ BELIEVES HE SAW THE HYDRAULIC CAUTION PANEL WARNING LIGHT ON WHEN HE CROSSCHECKED HIS INSTRUMENTS IN AUTOROTATION. ^WO1 CARAKER^ INITIATED A MAY DAY CALL ON EMERGENCY UHF BUT WAS UNABLE TO COMPLETE THE MAY DAY CALL. ^WO1 CARAKER^ CONTINUED THE LEFT TURN WHILE IN AUTOROTATION IN ORDER TO MAKE AN OPEN AREA ON A HILL SIDE. AT APPROXIMATELY 75 FEET AGL ^WO1 CARAKER^ DISCONTINUED THE LEFT TURN AND PUT THE AIRCRAFT INTO A FLARE. DIRECTION OF FLIGHT WAS APPROXIMATELY 340 DEGREES, AND THE ROTOR TACHOMETER INDICATED 300 ROTOR RPM. AT APPROXIMATELY 15 FEET AGL, ^WO1 CARAKER^ PULLED INITIAL PITCH. THE AIRCRAFT HAD A FORWARD GROUND SPEED OF APPROXIMATELY 12 KNOTS. ^WO1 CARAKER^ USED MORE COLLECTIVE PITCH TO CUSHION THE AIRCRAFT TO THE GROUND AND THE AIRCRAFT TOUCHED DOWN IN A SKIDS LEVEL CONFIGURATION. AFTER INITIAL CONTACT THE AIRCRAFT BOUNCED BACK INTO THE AIR AND WAS IN A NOSE LOW ALTITUDE WHEN IT AGAIN MADE CONTACT WITH THE GROUND. THE AIRCRAFT SKIDDED FOR APPROXIMATELY 12 FEET ON THE FORWARD PORTION OF THE SKIDS. THE AIRCRAFT HAD ALMOST COME TO A STOP WHEN THE RIGHT FRONT SKID BROKE AND THE AIRCRAFT ROLLED ON ITS RIGHT SIDE. ^WO1 CARAKER^ COMPLETED THE SHUTDOWN OF THE AIRCRAFT AND THE CREW EXITED THROUGH THE LEFT CARGO DOOR.


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16651
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   0    0 W0Y6AA INTRANSIT        IN TRANSIT                  AVCOMCTR
6708   0    0 3300   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM    
6709 102  102 WGPQAA 335 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN     
6710 118  220 WGPQAA 335 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN     
6711  60  280 WGPQAA 335 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN     
6712 102  382 WGPQAA 335 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6801 124  506 WGPQAA 335 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6802 128  634 WGPQAA 335 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6803 130  764 WGPQAA 335 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6804  84  848 WCLQAA 335 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6805  62  910 WGPQAA 335 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6806  98 1008 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6807  67 1075 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6808  91 1166 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6809 117 1283 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6810  83 1366 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6811  75 1441 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6812 148 1589 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6901 106 1695 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6902  78 1773 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6903 115 1888 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6904 119 2007 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6905 143 2150 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6906   6 2156 WE4HAA 142 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN     
6907   0 2156 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN STORAGE NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM          
6908   0 2156 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
6909   0 2156 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
6910   4 2160 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
6911   2 2162 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
6912   8 2170 WCLNAA 79 TRANS CO      VIETNAM                     RVN     
7001  80 2250 WAZNA0 ATRP 7SQ 17CAV   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7002  34 2284 WAZNA0 ATRP 7SQ 17CAV   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7003 124 2408 WAZNA0 ATRP 7SQ 17CAV   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7004  88 2496 WAZNA0 ATRP 7SQ 17CAV   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7005  43 2539 WAZNA0 ATRP 7SQ 17CAV   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7006  36 2575 WAZNA0 ATRP 7SQ 17CAV   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7007  39 2614 WAZNA0 ATRP 7SQ 17CAV   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7008  23 2637 WAZNA0 ATRP 7SQ 17CAV   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7009   0 2637 WC5CAA 604 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN     
7010   0 2637 W0Y6AA USA FLT OPN OFC  5TH ARMY   ST LOUIS         AMC         
7011   0 2637 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM        
7012   0 2637 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM        
7101   0 2637                         NAT&GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7102   4 2641                         NAT&GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7103  25 2666 WC42AA 174 ASHC         VIETNAM                     RVN     
7104 124 2790 WC42AA 174 ASHC         VIETNAM                     RVN     
7105 121 2911 WC42AA 174 ASHC         VIETNAM                     RVN     
7106  24 2935 WC42AA 174 ASHC         VIETNAM                     RVN     
7107 123 3058 WC42AA 174 ASLT SPTHEL  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7108 137 3195 WC42AA 174 ASLT SPTHEL  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7109  89 3284 WC42AA 174 ASLT SPTHEL  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7110  50 3334 WC42AA 142 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN

Please send additions or corrections to:

Gary Roush
43 Overbrook Road
Painted Post, NY 14870


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