6915949

Helicopter 69-15949

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15949
The Army purchased this helicopter 0171
Total flight hours at this point: 00000152
Date: 04/23/71
Accident case number: 710423151
Unit: 48 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Dong Ha in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 61000

Crew Members:
AC O3 LEWIS FM
P W1 CHALK JW
CE E4 DECKARD LA
G E4 DEARMON CE

Accident Summary:

DURING AN EXTRACTION OF SEVEN TROOPS FROM A PZ NEAR FIREBASE ANNE THE PILOT TOLD THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER THAT THE TORQUEMETER READ ZERO WHILE THEY WERE STILL IN THE PZ. THE AREA WAS NOT SECURE AND THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER ELECTED TO FLY THE AIRCRAFT UTILIZING THE N1 GAS PRODUCER. THE GAS PRODUCER READ APPROXIMATELY 96% DURING DEPARTURE FROM THE PZ, 94.5% AT CRUISE. SHORTLY AFTER DEPARTURE THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER NOTED THAT THE RPM WAS AT 6200 AND GOING DOWN. AT THE SAME TIME THE CREW CHIEF TOLD HIM THAT THE TRANSMISSION WAS SLOWING DOWN. AT 6000 RPM THE WARNING LIGHT AND AUDIO SIGNAL CAME ON AND THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER ROLLED OFF THROTTLE AND ENTERED AUTOROTATION AT 5900 RPM AND APPROXIMATELY 900 FEET AGL. HE EXECUTED A 180 DEGREE TURN IN SEARCH FOR AN AREA TO SET THE AIRCRAFT DOWN, STABALIZED THE ROTOR RPM IN THE GREEN, APPROXIMATELY 320 RPM AND THEN CHECKED HIS N1 WHICH READ 71%9 HE INSTRUCTED THE PILOT TO PUT THE GOVERNOR SWITCH IN THE EMERGENCY POSITION, WHICH THE PILOT DID, AND THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER BEGAN ROLLING THE THROTTLE BACK ON. AT THE SAME TIME HE BEGAN ROLLING THE THROTTLE BACK ON HE WAS INITIATING HIS DECELERATION IN PREPARATION FOR TOUCHDOWN. HE THEN DECIDED THAT HE COULD NOT REGAIN OPERATING RPM PRIOR TO TOUCHDOWN AND ROLLED THE THROTTLE BACK OFF AND COMPLETED THE AUTOROTATION. AS THE AIRCRAFT FELL STRAIGHT DOWN BETWEEN SEVERAL TREES APPROXIMATELY TWENTY FEET TALL THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER PULLED INITIAL PITCH AT APPROXIMATELY FIFTEEN FEET AND KEPT PULLING UNTIL ABOUT THREE FEET ABOVE THE SIX TO TEN FOOT ELEPHANT GRASS WHERE HE RAN OUT OF COLLECTIVE PITCH AND THE AIRCRAFT FELL THROUGH STRIKING THE GROUND LEVEL. THE TAIL BOOM EITHER HIT A TREE OR THE GROUND ON IMPACT WITH THE GROUND AND BROKE APPROXIMATELY TWO FEET AFT OF THE ATTACHING POINTS.


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15949
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 0171.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
7101   0    0 W0Y6AA AVSCOM FLT DET   5TH ARMY   ST LOUIS         AVSCOM       
7102  15   15 WC3EAA 48 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN     
7103  70   85 WC3EAA 48 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN     
7104  67  152 WC3EAA 48 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN     
7105   0  152 W0Y6AA AVSCOM FLT DET   5TH ARMY   ST LOUIS         AVSCOM        
7106   0  152 W0Y6AA AVSCOM FLT DET   5TH ARMY   ST LOUIS         AVSCOM        
7107   0  152 W0MCAA DIR DIST  TRANS  IN MAINT   RED RIVER AD     AVSCOM         
7108   0  152 W0MCAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVSCOM       
7109   0  152 W0MCAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVSCOM       
7110   0  152 W0MCAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVSCOM       
7111   0  152 W0MCAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVSCOM       
7112   0  152 W0MCAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVSCOM       
7201   0  152 W2WJAA BEL HEL          BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVSCOM     
7202   3  155 W2WJAA BEL HEL          BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVSCOM     
7203   0  155 W2WJAA BEL HEL          BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVSCOM     
7204  20  175 W2WJAA BEL HEL          BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVSCOM      
7205   7  182 W2WJAA BEL HEL          BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVSCOM     
7206  20  202 W2WJAA BEL HEL          BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVSCOM      
7207  28  230 W2WJAA BEL HEL          BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVSCOM      
7208  15  245 WJBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7209  11  256 WJBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7210  23  279 WJBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7211  13  292 WJBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7212  11  303 WJBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7301   3  306 WJBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV      
7302  14  320 WJBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7303   7  327 WJBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV      
7304   7  334 WJBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV      
7305  16  350 WJBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7306  29  379 WJBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7307  67  446 WJBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7308  34  480 WJBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7309  17  497 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7310  12  509 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7311  15  524 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7312   6  530 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7401   0  530 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7402   3  533 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7403   0  533 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7404   2  535 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7405   4  539 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7409  33  593 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7410  11  604 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7411   7  611 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7412  10  621 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7501   5  626 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7502   6  632 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7503   1  633 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7504   0  633 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7505   0  633 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7506   3  636 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7507  14  650 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7509  22  693 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7510   5  698 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7511   8  706 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV       
7512  15  721 WTBJAA 281ST AVN CO     5TH ARMY   CAHOKIA          RESV

Please send additions or corrections to:

Gary Roush
43 Overbrook Road
Painted Post, NY 14870


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