Helicopter UH-1D 66-01119

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-01119
The Army purchased this helicopter 0167
Total flight hours at this point: 00001762
Date: 10/23/69
Accident case number: 691023161 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: A/101 AVN
The station for this helicopter was Camp Eagle in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YD473255
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 1
costing 244345
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. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC W1 TRAMPE KL
P W1 NEYMAN RL

Passengers:
 O3 DF UNKNOWN, FCO, G;


Accident Summary:

 AIRCRAFT WAS LEAD AIRCRAFT OF A FLIGHT OF FOUR ON AN LZ EXPANSION MISSION. WO TRAMPE THE FLIGHT LEAD, HAD RECONNED AREAS FOR THE MISSION WITH THE PATHFINDER COMMANDER ON THE PREVIOUS DAY. THEY HAD SELECTED AN AREA AND CONDUCTED A RECON TO DETERMINE POSSIBLE LANDING SPOTS AND FLIGHTS PATHS INTO AND OUT OF THE LZ. WHEN THE FLIGHT ARRIVED IN THE OPERATIONAL AREA ON 23 OCT 69, THE PATHFINDER COMMANDER INFORMED WO1 TRAMPE THAT THERE HAD BEEN A CHANGE OF PLANS AND THEY WOULD LAND IN THE SECONDARY AREA. WO1 TRAMPE MADE A LOW RECON OF THE NEW AREA AND DROPPED SMOKE TO MARK THE POSITION FOR THE C&C AIRCRAFT AND TO ALSO DETERMINE THE WIND DIRECTION AND VELOCITY. HE NOTED THAT THE AREA WAS A PINNACLE COVERED WITH SCRUB BRUSH, ELEPHANT GRASS AND SCATTERED BAMBOO STALKS, SHICH WOULD MAKE A TOUCHDOWN IMPRACTICABLE. HE ELECTED TO SHOOT THE APPROACH TO THE CLEAREST AREA AND HOLD THE AIRCRAFT AT A HOVER ABOVE THE BRUSH. AS THE PASSENGERS JUMPED OUT, THE PATHFINDER COMMANDER NOTICED THAT THE TAIL ROTOR WAS HITTING SOME OF THE BRUSH. HE ADVISED THE CREW CHIEF OF THIS. THE CREW CHIEF HAD ALREADY NOTICED THE CONDITION AND WAS ADVISING THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER AT THE TIME. AS WO TRAMPE WAS MOVING THE AIRCRAFT FORWARD THE TOP OF A TALLER STALK OF BAMBOO WAS BLOWN UP AND OVER INTO THE TOP OF THE TAIL ROTOR. THE TAIL ROTOR HAD SUDDEN STOPPAGE AND THE CENTER DRIVE SHAFT IN THE TAIL BOOM SEVERED. THE AIRCRAFT BEGAN AN IMMEDIATE SPIN TO THE RIGHT OVER THE AREA. WO TRAMPE THEN ROLLED THE THROTTLE OFF IN ATTEMPT TO STOP THE SPIN AND TRIED TO SHOOT A HOVERING AUTOROTATION TO THE TOP OF THE HILL. WHEN HE TOUCHED DOWN THE AIRCRAFT HESITATED AND THEN ROLLED DOWN A RAVINE. THE AIRCRAFT ROLLED OVER 4 OR 5 TIMES AND THEN CAME TO REST UPSIDE DOWN ABOUT 40 YARDS DOWN THE HILL FROM WHERE IT FIRST TOUCHED DOWN. WO TRAMPE SHUT OFF THE FUEL AND BATTERY SINCE THE ENGINE WAS STILL RUNNING AND THEN HE AND THE CREW EXITED THE AIRCRAFT.\\

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The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-01119
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 0167.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6701  12   12 1649   ARMY AVN DIV     6TH ARMY   DUGWAY PG        TEVALCOM      
6702  17   29 1649   ARMY AVN DIV     6TH ARMY   DUGWAY PG        TEVALCOM      
6703   0   29 1715   POST SUPPLY      6TH ARMY   FORT ORD         6TH ARMY   
6704   4   33 1715   ARMY AVN DIV     6TH ARMY   DUGWAY PG        TEVALCOM     
6705   7   40 1715   ARMY AVN DIV     6TH ARMY   DUGWAY PG        TEVALCOM     
6706  14   54 1715   USARV FLT DET    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6707   4   58 1715   USARV FLT DET    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6708   9   67 1715   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM    
6709  24   91 1715   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM     
6710  20  111 1715   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM     
6711  11  122 1715   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY  
6712   0  122 3300   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY 
6801   0  122 3300   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY 
6802  62  184 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6803  57  241 3241   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY  
6804   0  241 3241   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM     
6805  69  310 3241   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY  
6806 127  437 3241   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY  
6807 146  583 3241   OPM SEA NITEOPS  1ST ARMY   FORT BELVOIR     AMC           
6808 102  685 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6809  95  780 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6810  39  819 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6811  78  897 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6812  74  971 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6901  75 1046 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6902  52 1098 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6903  73 1171 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6904  87 1258 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6905  53 1311 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6906  93 1404 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6907 125 1529 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6908  94 1623 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6909  91 1714 WAB3A0 A-101 AHB 101AB  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6910  48 1762 WE4HAA 142 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN     

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