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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 163285
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Date:09-JAN-1984
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic B212 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell UH-1N-BF
Owner/operator:USAF, 2oth SOS , 1st operation wing
Registration: 69-6644
C/n / msn: 31050
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 9
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Nassau -   Bahamas
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Crashed in sea during drug-traffic flight. Search for missing five occupants abandoned after four days.9 January 1984 - A Bell UH-1N-BF, 69-6644, of the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, crashes during a deployment to the Bahamas on an Operation Bahamas and Turks (Operation BAT) drug interdiction mission, killing three of the four crewmen aboard. Aircraft suffered a two engine failure and crashed at sea off of Nassau, Bahamas. Staff Sergeant Paul B. Cartter was seriously injured. Wreckage of this Huey was detected on the sea bottom during the search for wreckage of the space shuttle Challenger.

Dead in the crash were:
Capt. Dyke H. Whitbeck
1st Lt. Thomas L. Hamby
S/Sgt. Edgardo L. Acha

Whitbeck Street, Hamby Place, and Acha Drive at Hurlburt Field were named for these personnel.

Sources:

El Siglo de Torreon 14 January 1984, p8

http://www.helis.com/database/cn/6095/
http://rotorheadsrus.us/documents/uh_1n_bahama.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Jan-2014 21:14 FLYINGBROTHER1 Added
09-May-2014 17:34 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Location]
20-May-2014 16:52 TB Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
28-Oct-2015 20:14 rab1983 Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Nature, Source, Narrative]

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