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Goldbook information on UH-1H 68-15549

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15549
The Army purchased this helicopter 0469
Total flight hours at this point: 00000828
Date: 12/20/69
Accident case number: 691220121
Unit: 57 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Kontum in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 6 . . Passengers = 5
costing 106138
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. )
Summary: Tree strike on lift out from sloping LZ. Tail rotor failure. Rolled down slope after hovering autorotation.
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC O3 KNIERIEM GL
P W1 EGGL FG
CE E3 STEINHAGEN PL
G O3 MICHAELS TE

Passengers:
*** LOCAL C O, LCO, G; *** LV KIT, OGY, D; *** HV TAN, OGY, D; *** L THIEN, OGY, D; E4 PUGSLEY, OGY, D;


Accident Summary:

The aircraft was assigned to carry troops into a LZ on a slope in a semi-cleared area. Several aircraft had already dropped off their loads, when 549 went into the LZ. Due to the slope of the hill and brush and small trees the passengers had to exist the aircraft while it hovered over the LZ. As the aircraft started to depart the LZ the tail rotor struck a small tree, causing anti-torque failure. The aircraft started to turn to the right and as it turned 180 degrees, the aircraft commander initiated a hovering autorotation. The main rotor blades struck the hill and as the aircraft touched down it rolled to the right down the hill coming to rest inverted approximately 5 feet from the point of the tail rotor strike


War Story:
The 57th AHC's unit history states that aircraft 540, commanded by CPT Gerald Knieriem lost its tail rotor in a LZ and crashed. The entire crew escaped with only minor injuries

This record was last updated on 04/18/98


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15549
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 0469.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6904   0    0 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6905  82   82 WAX5AA 57 AVN CO AM FW  VIETNAM                     RVN
6906 123  205 WAX5AA 57 AVN CO AM FW  VIETNAM                     RVN
6907  78  283 WAX5AA 57 AVN CO AM FW  VIETNAM                     RVN
6908 117  400 WAX5AA 57 AVN CO AM FW  VIETNAM                     RVN
6909 126  526 WAX5AA 57 AVN CO AM FW  VIETNAM                     RVN
6910 127  653 WAX5AA 57 AVN CO AM FW  VIETNAM                     RVN
6911 113  766 WAX5AA 57 AVN CO AM FW  VIETNAM                     RVN
6912  62  828 WC5CAA 572ND MI DET     VIETNAM                     RVN

Printed from databases on: 08/27/00