Helicopter UH-1H 67-17702

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17702
The Army purchased this helicopter 0868
Total flight hours at this point: 00000914
Date: 08/21/69
Unit: A/101 AVN
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was on the Ground at 0000 feet and 000 knots.
Classified
Helicopter took 3 hits from:
Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges. (B-40 RKT, 7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Cockpit
Systems damaged were: TAIL ROTOR
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: LNNF, JSIDR (Lindenmuth New Format Data Base. Joint Services Incident Damage Report. )

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Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17702
The Army purchased this helicopter 0868
Total flight hours at this point: 00000979
Date: 09/22/69
Accident case number: 690922171
Unit: A/101 AVN
The station for this helicopter was Camp Eagle in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 2 . . Passengers = 1
costing 153598
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
P O2 BYSTRAK RJ
IP W1 DELLAZOPPA PN

Passengers:
 MAJOR COMMAND, MCO, G;


Accident Summary:

 ON THE MORNING OF 22 SEPTEMBER 1969, 1LT BYSTRAK WAS SCHEDULED FOR A 90 DAY STANDARDIZATION CHECK RIDE WITH A COMPANY INSTRUCTOR PILOT WO1 DELLAZOPPA. AFTER PREFLIGHTING UH-1H 67-17702, THE CREW, 1LT BYSTRAK FLYING IN THE RIGHT SEAT, WO1 DELLAZOPPA FLYING THE LEFT SEAT AND THE CREW CHIEF AND GUNNER PROCEEDED TO THE TRAINING AREA NEAR LZ SALLY. AFTER LANDING, THE CREW CHIEF AND GUNNER DISMOUNTED, REMOVED THE MACHINE GUNS AND AMMUNITION FROM THE AIRCRAFT AND WENT TO THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE TRAINING AREA TO ACT AS SECURITY. AFTER COMPLETING SEVERAL MANEUVERS WO1 DELLAZOPPA THEN BEGAN DEMONSTRATING THE EMERGENCY PROCEDURES FOR TAIL ROTOR FAILURE BY HOLDING LEFT PEDAL AND CONTROLLING THE YAW OF THE AIRCRAFT ON FINAL WITH THROTTLE AND COLLECTIVE (TORQUE). THE APPROACH WAS STARTED WITH BETWEEN A NORMAL AND SHALLOW SIGHT PICTURE. AS HE NEARED THE GROUND WO1 DELLEZOPPA NOTED HE WAS SHOOTING SHORT IN THE VICINITY OF SOME GRAVES ON THE WEST EDGE OF THE FIELD. TO CORRECT FOR THIS HE EXTENDED THE FLIGHT PATH AND THUS SHALLOWED OUT THE APPROACH ANGLLE. ON FINAL APPROACH OVER THE GRAVE AREA THE RPM WAS BEING MAINTAINED BY MANUAL THROTTLE CONTROL AND WAS DOWN TO 5900. THE RIGHT SKID TOUCHED DOWN WHILE THE AIRCRAFT WAS IN A LEFT CRAB AND THEN SKIPPED FURTHER TOUCHDING DOWN AGAIN. ON THE THIRD TOUCHDOWN THE SKID HIT A SMALL DEPRESSION AND DUG IN WHILE THE AIRCRAFT WAS IN AN APPROXIMATE 30 DEG CRAB TO THE LEFT. THE AIRCRAFT THEN STARTED TIPPING TO THE RIGHT AND THE IP ATTEMPTED TO ADD POWER AND PITCH AND TO STRAIGHTEN THE AIRCRAFT WITH RIGHT PEDAL. THE RPM AT THIS TIME WAS UP TO ABOUT 6200 AS HE WAS ADDING FULL THROTTLE. THE AIRCRAFT CONTINUED ROLLING AND THE MAIN ROTOR STRUCK THE GROUND. THE AIRCRAFT THEN CAME TO REST INVERTED. WO1 DELLAZOPPA WAS ABLE TO FREE HIMSELF FROM THE AIRCRAFT AND IMMEDIATELY BEGAN TO TRY TO EXTRACT 1LT BYSTRAK. THE PILOT OF A LOH (CPT GOODSPEED) THAT HAD BEEN USING THE TRAINING AREA ALSO, CAME OVER AND HELPED FREE 1LT BYSTRAK. THE CREW CHEF AND GUNNER ARRIVED AND ASSISTED IN THE OPERATION. THE CREW CHIEF REMOVED A SIDE PANEL AND PULLED THE QUICK DISCONNECT FUEL LINE TO SHUT OFF THE ENGINE. THE IP AND PILOT WERE TAKEN TO MEDICAL FACILITIES AT LZ SALLY AND TREATED FOR THEIR INJURIES.\\

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Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17702
The Army purchased this helicopter 0868
Total flight hours at this point: 00000979
Date: 09/27/69
Unit: A/101 AVN
South Vietnam
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

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The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17702
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 0868.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6808   0    0 3300   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC 
6809  36   36 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6810  56   92 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6811  80  172 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6812 163  335 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6901  54  389 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6902  44  433 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6903  49  482 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6904  46  528 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6905  69  597 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6906  81  678 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6907 122  800 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6908 114  914 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6909  65  979 WE4HAA 142 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN     
6910   0  979 WE4HAA 142 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN     
6911   0  979 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
6912   0  979 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
7001   0  979 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
7002   0  979 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
7003   0  979 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
7004   0  979 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
7005   0  979 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        

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