6717524

Helicopter 67-17524

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17524
The Army purchased this helicopter 0568
Total flight hours at this point: 00002366
Date: 02/13/72
Incident number: 720213021ACD Accident case number: 720213021 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 48 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Da Nang in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 4 . . Injured = 3 . . Passengers = 3
costing 439945
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC O2 ALLEN RB
P W1 STURDIVANT DL
CE SP5 SEITZ CHRISTOPHER RICHARD KIA
G E3 PITMAN BJ

Passengers:
UNK, PAX, A; SGT LAIRD ROBERT MURRAY, AR, PX, KIA; SSG MONTAGUE JESSE WILLARD JR, AR, PX, KIA;


Accident Summary:

 THE AIRCRAFT FLEW INTO GROUND FOG, ATTEMPTED A 180 DEGREE LEFT TURN AND WENT IFR. THE AIRCRAFT WAS AT 50 FEET OR LESS AT THE START OF THE TURN AND WITH THE TURN ALMOST COMPLETED IT IMPACTED THE WATER IN A WINGS LEVEL ATTITUDE. THE AC DID NOT FOLLOW APPROPRIATE IMC PROCEDURES. THREE PAX AND THE CREWCHIEF WERE DROWNED. ALL BODIES WERE RECOVERED.


Name: SGT Robert Murray Laird
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 02/13/72 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Age at death: 33.8
Date of Birth: 04/12/38
Home City: New York, NY
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: MACV
Major organization: MACV advisors
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 02W-106
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17524
SSN: 051387069
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 11B40 = Infantryman
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected at sea
Compliment cause: drowning
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 05/02/71
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Offshore, MR 1 Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: BT140630
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed at sea
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Pentecostal
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: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 08/27/97


Name: SSG Jesse Willard Montague, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 02/13/72 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Age at death: 24.8
Date of Birth: 05/06/47
Home City: Society Hill, SC
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: MACV
Major organization: MACV advisors
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 02W-106
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17524
SSN: 251808303
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 76Y40 = Unit Supply Specialist
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected at sea
Compliment cause: drowning
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 07/07/71
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Offshore, MR 1 Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: BT140630
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed at sea
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Negro
Relgion: Protestant - no denominational preference
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: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 08/27/97


Name: SP5 Christopher Richard Seitz
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 02/13/72 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 20.6
Date of Birth: 06/21/51
Home City: Satellite Beach, FL
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 48 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 02W-106
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17524
SSN: 264117668
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67N2F = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: crew chief
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 07/22/71
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: non-hostile missing - interim
Length of service: *
Location: Offshore, MR 1 Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: BT140630
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed at sea
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died while missing
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
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: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 08/27/97


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17524
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 0568.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6805   1    1 9221   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6806  51   52 WFJGAA 282 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6807  30   82 WFJGAA 282 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6808  58  140 WFJGAA 282 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6809  11  151 WFJGAA 282 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6810  45  196 WFJGAA 282 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6811  54  250 WFJGAA 282 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6812  73  323 WFJGAA 282 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6901  62  385 WFJGAA 282 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6902  77  462 WFJGAA 282 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6903  87  549 WFJGAA 282 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6904  61  610 WHRAAA 62 AVN CORPS     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6905  83  693 WHARAA 62 AVN CORPS     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6906  57  750 WHARAA 62 AVN CORPS     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6907  59  809 WHARAA 62 AVN CORPS     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6908  84  893 WHARAA 62 AVN CORPS     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6909  75  968 WFJGAA 282 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6910  99 1067 WHARAA 62 AVN CORPS     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6911   0 1067 WE4HAA 142 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN     
6912   0 1067 WE4HAA 142 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN     
7001   0 1067 WE4HAA 142 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN     
7002   0 1067 WE4HAA 142 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN     
7003   2 1069 WE4HAA 142 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN     
7004  51 1120 WFJFAA 281 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7005  87 1207 WFJFAA 281 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7006  72 1279 WFJFAA 281 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7007 107 1386 WFJFAA 281 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7008  76 1462 WFJFAA 281 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7009  53 1515 WFJFAA 281 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7010  64 1579 WFJFAA 281 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7011  22 1601 WC7ZAA 155 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7012  18 1619 WFJGAA 282 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7101  66 1685 WFJGAA 282 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN     
7102  68 1753 WFJGAA 282 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN     
7103  81 1834 WFJGAA 282 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN     
7104  41 1875 WFJGAA 282 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN     
7105  44 1919 WFJGAA 282 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN     
7106  82 2001 WFJGAA 282 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN     
7107  60 2061 WFJGAA 282 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN     
7108  14 2075 WFJGAA 282 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN     
7109  93 2168 WFJGAA 92 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN     
7110  57 2225 WFJGAA 92 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN     
7111  48 2273 WFJGAA 92 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN     
7112  49 2322 WFJGAA 92 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN     
7201  44 2366 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN

Please send additions or corrections to:

Gary Roush
43 Overbrook Road
Painted Post, NY 14870


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