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Goldbook information on UH-1H 69-15618

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15618
The Army purchased this helicopter 0870
Total flight hours at this point: 00001879
Date: 12/21/72
Accident case number: 721221031
Unit: 57 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Camp Holloway in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 2
costing 62916
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 KUPCHO TG
P O2 BAXTER WS
CE E5 THOMPSON CD
G E4 DARNEY B

Passengers:
UNK UNK, LCO, G; O6 RH FORMAN, PAX, G;


Accident Summary:

DESCRIPTION OF MISHAP: ON ^21 DEC 72^, ^WO1 THOMAS G. KUPCHO^, AIRCRAFT COMMANDER, ^1LT WILLIAM S. BAXTER^, PILOT, ^SP5 CHARLES D. THOMPSON^, CREW CHIEF, AND ^SP4 BRUCE DARNY^ WERE ASSIGNED AS THE CREW OF MISSION P-4 FOR THE ^57TH AHC, 17 CAG^. THE CREW ARRIVED ON THE FLIGHT LINE AT VARYING TIMES BETWEEN ^0550^ AND ^0610^ TO BEGIN THE PREFLIGHT. UPON HIS ARRIVAL ON THE FLIGHT LINE ^WO1 KUPCHO^ WAS ISSUED THE MISSION SHEET FOR PO4 BY ^57TH OPERATIONS^. THE MISSIONS CONSISTED OF SEVERAL PICK-UPS AND /OR DROP-OFFS OF PERSONNEL AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT ^PLEIKU^ PROVINCE. PREFLIGHT WAS COMPLETED ABOUT ^0645^, AND THE AIRCRAFT TOOK OFF AT ^0650^ ENROUTE TO THE ^II CORPS^ UPPER HELIPAD. PASSENGER PICK-UP WAS ACCOMPLISHED, AND THE MISSION DEPARTED FOR ^THAN AN AT 0705^. THESE PAX WERE DROPPED OFF AT ABOUT ^0720^, AND THE AIRCRAFT DEPARTED FOR A PICK-UP AT COORDINATES ^YA 915274^ (THE ACCIDENT SITE). RADIO CONTACT WITH THE ^LZ^ REVEALED, HOWEVER, THAT THE PAX WAS NOT READY FOR PICK-UP AND THE APPROACH WAS ABORTED. THE AIRCRAFT RETURNED TO ^PLEIKU^ AND LANDED AT THE ^II CORPS^ UPPER PAD AND DISCHARGED ITS PAX. THE AIRCRAFT THEN RETURNED TO ^CAMP HOLLOWAY^, REFUELED, AND STOOD-BY FOR A ^0830^ PICK-UP AT ^II CORPS UPPER^. AT ^0825^ THE AIRCRAFT DEPARTED ^CAMP HOLLOWAY^ ON ITS SECOND MISSION. AT ^0830^ SEVERAL PAX WERE PICKED-UP AT THE ^II CORPS^ UPPER PAD, AND THE AIRCRAFT DEPARTED FOR ^BAN ME THUOT^. DROP-OFF OF THE PAX WAS ACCOMPLISHED AT ^BAN ME THOUT^ AT ^0930^, AND SOME CARGO WAS TAKEN ON BOARD TO BE DELIVERED TO ^II CORPS^ UPPER. THIS DELIVERY WAS ACCOMPLISHED AT ^1025^ AND THE AIRCRAFT RETURNED TO ^CAMP HOLLOWAY^ AT ^1030^ FOR REFUELING AND SHUTDOWN. HOWEVER, ^57TH OPERATIONS^ CONTACTED ^WO1 KUPCHO^ BY RADIO AND TOLD HIM THAT HE WAS TO PERFORM AN UNSCHEDULED MISSION. THIS MISSION CONSISTED OF A PAX PICK-UP AT ^II CORPS^ UPPER PAD AT ^1040^ AND TO FLY AS DIRECTED. REFUELING WAS EXPEDITED AND THE AIRCRAFT AGAIN DEPARTED ^CAMP HOLLOWAY^. THE PICK-UP WAS MADE, AND THE PAX, ^COL FORMAN^, DIRECTED ^WO1 KUPCHO^ TO FLY TO THE NEWLY OPENED FIREBASE AT YA ^915274^ SO THAT HE COULD VISIT. UPON ARRIVING OVER THE FIREBASE, ^WO1 KUPCHO^ CONTACTED THE AMERICAN ADVISOR ON THE GROUND WHO SAID THAT HE HAD MARKED THE ^LZ^ WITH A PANEL, AND THAT HE WOULD ACT AS GROUND GUIDE. ^WO1 KUPCHO^ MADE A HIGH RECON OF THE AREA DURING WHICH HE LOST APPROXIMATELY 1000 FEET OF ALTITUDE. HE THEN BEGAN HIS APPROACH INTO THE ^LZ^ BY HEADING 180 DEGREES AT AN AIRSPEED OF 110 KNOTS AND A RATE OF DESCENT SLIGHTLY IN EXCESS OF 3500 FT PER MINUTE. NEARING THE GROUND, ^WO1 KUPCHO^ MADE A 180 DEGREE LEFT TURN BACK TO A HEADING OF 360 DEGREES. AT THIS POINT, HE WAS LOW LEVEL ALONG A SMALL DIRT ROAD INTO THE FIREBASE. IT WAS THIS ROAD WHICH WAS TO BE THE ^LZ^. ^WO1 KUPCHO^ LOW LEVELED ALONG THIS ROAD FOR APPROXIMATELY 200 METERS, DURING WHICH TIME HE WAS DECELERATING. ARRIVING AT THE INTENDED POINT OF TOUCHDOWN, ^WO1 KUPCHO^ TERMINATED HIS APPROACH AT A HIGH HOVER DUE TO NUMEROUS OBSTACLES IN THE AREA. JUST AS HE WAS MOVING THE AIRCRAFT FORWARD SEVERAL FEET TO A BETTER TOUCHDOWN AREA, THE TAILROTOR CONTACTED CONCERTINA WIRE CAUSING A TAILROTOR FAILURE. THE AIRCRAFT YAWED VIOLENTLY TO THE RIGHT. ^WO1 KUPCHO^ IMMEDIATELY ROLLED OFF THE THROTTLE AND BOTTOMED THE COLLECTIVE. THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED WITH THE GROUND WHILE TURNING THE CLOCKWISE DIRECTION AND IN A TAIL LOW CONFIGURATION. AT IMPACT, ^COL FORMAN^, THE PASSENGER, WAS THROWN OUT THE LEFT HAND CARGO DOOR DUE TO THE FACT THAT HE HAD REMOVED HIS SEAT BELT AND GOTTEN FROM HIS SEAT AS THE AIRCRAFT CAME TO A HOVER. UPON CONTACTING THE GROUND, THE CREW MADE A DISTRESS CALL AND THEN SHUT THE AIRCRAFT DOWN. SHORTLY AFTERWARDS ANOTHER AIRCRAFT ENTERED THE ^LZ^ AND EXTRACTED ALL OCCUPANTS OF THE AIRCRAFT. ELEVATION OF THE CRASH SITE IS 1361 FEET, DENSITY ALTITUDE AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH WAS 3040 FEET, AND THE WINDS WERE LIGHT AND VARIABLE.


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15618
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 0870.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
7008   0    0 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
7009   9    9 WAX6AA 92 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN
7010  61   70 WFAJAA HHC 10 AVN BN    VIETNAM                     RVN
7011  53  123 WFAJAA HHC 10 AVN BN    VIETNAM                     RVN
7012  65  188 WFAJAA HHC 10 AVN BN    VIETNAM                     RVN
7101  96  284 WFAJAA 10 CAB HHC       VIETNAM                     RVN
7102 101  385 WFAJAA 10 CAB HHC       VIETNAM                     RVN
7103  82  467 WFAJAA 10 CAB HHC       VIETNAM                     RVN
7104  71  538 WFAJAA 10 CAB HHC       VIETNAM                     RVN
7105  55  593 WFAJAA 10 CAB HHC       VIETNAM                     RVN
7106  70  663 WFAJAA 10 CAB HHC       VIETNAM                     RVN
7107 108  771 WAX6AA 92 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7108  93  864 WAX6AA 92 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7109  60  924 WAX6AA 92 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7110  52  976 WAX6AA 92 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7111  62 1038 WAX6AA 92 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7112   0 1038 WAX6AA 92 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7201  37 1075 WC68AA 3 AHC            VIETNAM                     RVN
7202 131 1206 WC68AA 57 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7203  94 1300 WC68AA 57 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7204  78 1378 WC68AA 57 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7205  70 1448 WC68AA 57 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7206  79 1527 WC68AA 57 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7207  77 1604 WC68AA 57 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7208  41 1645 WAX5AA 57 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7209  49 1694 WAX5AA 57 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7210  74 1768 WAX5AA 57 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7211  62 1830 WAX5AA 57 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7212  49 1879 WAX5AA 57 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN
7301   0 1879 W0Y6AA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVSCOM

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