The left XM-23 ammunition box cover came off in flight striking the tail rotor causing the 90 degree gear box to separate from the aircraft. The aircraft turned right while descending. Recovery was impossible due to binding controls. The aircraft crashed in a right nose low attitude.
Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16392
Accident case number: 671123051
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.
AC W1 LEOPOLD RC
On short final to a one ship LZ, the main rotor blades struck a tree.
The following is Goldbook
information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16392
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 0567.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.
DATE FLT HRS UIC UNIT AREA POST COUNTRY 6705 1 1 W0MHAA DIROF SUP TRAN 6TH ARMY SHARPE GD AVCOM 6706 0 1 W0MHAA DIROF SUP TRAN 6TH ARMY SHARPE GD AVCOM 6707 86 87 WC4YAA 170 ASLT HEL CO VIETNAM RVN 6708 73 160 WC4YAA 170 ASLT HEL CO VIETNAM RVN 6709 9 169 3364 BELL HCPTR BAILMENT FT WORTH AVCOM
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