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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 152334
Last updated: 28 November 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic H47 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing CH-47C Chinook
Owner/operator:United States Army 213th AVN
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Kosung -   North Korea
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Camp Humphreys
Destination airport:Supply depot near DMZ
Due to a navigational error, the Chinook accidentally flew over the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) into North Korea and landed after being fired on by the border guards to inspect the damage. When a truck with North Korean soldiers approached the helicopter, the pilot decided to take off and escape. The fleeing Chinook was shot down by groundfire and the three crewmen aboard (CWO Joseph A. Miles, Sgt. Robert C. Haynes and Sgt. Ronald E. Wells) were killed in the subsequent crash. The co-pilot CWO Glenn M. Schwanke survived and was taken prisoner, but was returned to US control three days after the incident.

Some sources wrongly claim that this Chinook had the USAF Serial 69-17124, but this helicopter was lost in an accident in Germany on 15 July 1977. Other claims that it was shot down by a North Korean MiG-21 are highly unlikely as the helicopter flew very low and was only 2.5 miles north of the DMZ when it crashed.


Revision history:

08-Jan-2013 06:58 Tetrapack Added
12-Mar-2015 13:14 Anon. Updated [Date, Registration]
19-Nov-2017 15:55 harro Updated [Registration, Cn]

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