Helicopter UH-1H 67-19497

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-19497
The Army purchased this helicopter 1168
Total flight hours at this point: 00001108
Date: 04/11/70
Accident case number: 700411021
Unit: A/101 AVN
The station for this helicopter was Camp Eagle in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 1000
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W2 HANDY T

Accident Summary:

 ACFT WAS LDG IN PZ WHEN DEBRIS STARTED BLOWING UP AS ACFT LND IT STRUCK STUMP PUNCTURING HEATER COMPARTMENT PANEL ICDT DMG \

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Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-19497
The Army purchased this helicopter 1168
Total flight hours at this point: 00002385
Date: 09/01/71
Accident case number: 710901061
Unit: A/101 AVN
The station for this helicopter was Camp Eagle in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 1
costing 3368
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC O2 STEWART JS

Passengers:
 LC LOCAL, LCO, G;


Accident Summary:

 AIRCRAFT WAS LANDINN UNSECURED MAIL BAG LAYING IN PC BLEW INTO MAIN ROTOR BLADES. AIRCRAFT COMMANDER CONTINUED TO LAND AND SHUT AIRCRAFT DOWN.\\

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Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-19497
The Army purchased this helicopter 1168
Total flight hours at this point: 00002385
Date: 10/17/71
Incident number: 711017051ACD Accident case number: 711017051 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: A/101 AVN
The station for this helicopter was Camp Eagle in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 5 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 3
costing 580945
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:
P 1LT WEBB ROBERT MITCHELL JR KIA
P WO1 SEARING JACK EDWARD KIA
CE SGT BARRINGTON ALVIS T JR KIA
G SP4 BROWN BARRY LEE KIA
CE SP5 DEPREO WALLACE JOSEPH KIA

Passengers:
 UNK, MS, G; UNK, LCO, G;


Accident Summary:

 AT APPROXIMATELY 2040 HOURS ON THE 17TH OF OCTOBER 1971, ^A COMPANY, 101ST AVIATION BATTALION^ WAS ALERTED FOR A FLARE MISSION. AT THAT TIME THEIR STANDBY CREW WAS SCRAMBLED. AFTER LIFT-OFF FROM CAMP EAGLE THE FLARESHIP PROCEEDED TO FIRE SUPPORT BASE (FSB) BIRMINGHAM UNDER GCA RADAR CONTROL. AT FSB BIRMINGHAM THE FLARESHIP, WORKING IN CONJUCTION WITH THE NIGHTHAWK AIRCRAFT, ORBITED FOR ABOUT 15 TO 20 MINUTES. BECAUSE OF A DELAY IN THE PLANNED ARTILLERY SUPPORT PLUS THE FACT THAT NIGHTHAWK WAS GETTING LOW ON FUEL, BOTH AIRCRAFT RETURNED TO CAMP EAGLE. AT APPROXIMATELY 2130 HOURS AFTER BOTH AIRCRAFT REFUELED THEY RETURNED TO ORBIT OVER FSB BIRMINGHAM. THE AIRCRAFT CONTINUED TO ORBIT IN THIS MANNER FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES. AFTER THE ARTILLERY CEASED FIRING NIGHTHAWK CONTINUED WITH HIS RECONNAISSANCE MISSION. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, IN BEGINNING HIS FLARE DROP MISSION, THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER LOST CONTORL OF HIS FLARESHIP PROBABLY DUE TO A SUDDEN HEAVY RAIN SHOWER THAT CUT VISABILITY TO ALMOST ZERO. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE FLARESHIP CRASHED. AT THAT TIME, APPROXIMATELY 2204, THE NIGHTHAWK AIRCRAFT RETURNED TO CAMP EAGLE.\\

This record was last updated on 09/20/98

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The following is crew member information for this incident:

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Name: WO1 Jack Edward Searing
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 10/17/71 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 22.1
Date of Birth: 09/22/49
Home City: Sterling, IL
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/101 AVN 101 ABN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Flight class: 71-15
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 02W-040
Short Summary: Crash resulting from inadvertent IFR at night while on a flare mission about 10 miles west of Camp Eagle, Hue. See Webb.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-19497
SSN: 339424971
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 07/21/71
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YD740076
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 07/29/95

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Name: 1LT Robert Mitchell Webb, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 10/17/71 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 26.3
Date of Birth: 07/11/45
Home City: Columbus, GA
Service: IN branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/101 AVN 101 ABN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Flight class: 71-8
Service: IN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 02W-042
Short Summary: Crash resulting from inadvertent IFR while on a night flare mission about 10 miles west of Camp Eagle, Hue. See Searing.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-19497
SSN: 255684979
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 06/01/71
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: non-hostile missing - P I D
Length of service: *
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YD740076
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 07/29/95

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Name: SGT Alvis T. Barrington, Jr. (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 10/17/71 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 21.7
Date of Birth: 02/10/50
Home City: Richmond, VA
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/101 AVN 101 ABN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 02W-041
Short Summary: Crash resulting from inadvertent IFR at night while on a flare mission about 10 miles west of Camp Eagle.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-19497
SSN: 223724414
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67N20 = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: door gunner
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 05/03/71
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: non-hostile missing - P I D
Length of service: *
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YD740076
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Church of Christ
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/24/94

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Name: SP5 Wallace Joseph Depreo
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 10/17/71 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 19.8
Date of Birth: 01/02/52
Home City: Bay St Louis, MS
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/101 AVN 101 ABN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 02W-041
Short Summary: Crash resulting from inadvertent IFR at night while on a flare mission about 10 miles west of Camp Eagle.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-19497
SSN: 587343425
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67N20 = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: crew chief
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 05/24/70
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YD740076
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Baptist - other groups
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/29/95

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Name: SP4 Barry Lee Brown
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 10/17/71 while performing the duty of Gunner.
Age at death: 19.0
Date of Birth: 10/01/52
Home City: Hialeah, FL
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/101 AVN 101 ABN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 02W-041
Short Summary: Crash resulting from inadvertent IFR at night while on a flare mission about 10 miles west of Camp Eagle.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-19497
SSN: 266089435
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67N20 = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: door gunner
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 12/16/70
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YD740076
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Baptist - other groups
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/28/94

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The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-19497
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 1168.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6811   0    0 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6812  66   66 WACJAA A BTRY 377 ARTY  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6901  64  130 WACJAA A BTRY 377 ARTY  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6902  59  189 WACJAA A BTRY 377 ARTY  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6903  55  244 WACJAA A BTRY 377 ARTY  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6904 102  346 WACJAA A BTRY 377 ARTY  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6905 132  478 WACJAA A BTRY 377 ARTY  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6906  51  529 WACJAA A BTRY 377 ARTY  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6907  69  598 WACJAA A BTRY 377 ARTY  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6908  88  686 WACJAA A BTRY 377 ARTY  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6909  75  761 WACFAA 326 MED 101ACD   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6910  47  808 WACJAA A-377 ATY 101AB  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6911  58  866 WACJAA A-377 ATY 101AB  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6912  28  894 WACJAA A-377 ATY 101AB  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7001  95  989 WACJAA A-377 ATY 101AB  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7002  28 1017 WFJ3A0 COA 5TC BN101AC  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7003   0 1017 WFJ3A0 COA 5TC BN101AC  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7004  91 1108 WAB3A0 A-101 AHB 101AB  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7005 111 1219 WAB3A0 A-101 AHB 101AB  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7006 136 1355 WAB3A0 A-101 AHB 101AB  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7007  52 1407 WAB3A0 A-101 AHB 101AB  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7008  93 1500 WAB3A0 A-101 AHB 101AB  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7009  82 1582 WAB3A0 A-101 AHB 101AB  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7010  20 1602 WAB3A0 A-101 AHB 101AB  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7011  91 1693 WAB3A0 A-101 AHB 101AB  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7012  34 1727 WAB3A0 A-101 AHB 101AB  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7101  81 1808 WAB3A0 A 101ST AHB      VIETNAM                     RVN     
7102  71 1879 WAB3A0 A 101ST AHB      VIETNAM                     RVN     
7103  93 1972 WAB3A0 A 101ST AHB      VIETNAM                     RVN     
7104  46 2018 WAB3A0 142 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN     
7105  77 2095 WAB3A0 A 101ST AHB      VIETNAM                     RVN     
7106  39 2134 WAB3A0 A 101ST AHB      VIETNAM                     RVN     
7107  71 2205 WAB3A0 A 101ST AHB      VIETNAM                     RVN     
7108  94 2299 WAB3A0 A 101ST AHB      VIETNAM                     RVN     
7109  86 2385 WAB3A0 A 101ST AHB      VIETNAM                     RVN     
7110   0 2385 WAB3A0 A 101ST AHB      VIETNAM                     RVN     

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