ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 76027
Last updated: 17 September 2014
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Date:08-JAN-1968
Time:19:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic H53 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sikorsky CH-53A Sea Stallion
Owner/operator:HMH-463, USMC
Registration: 153710 / YH
C/n / msn: 65-100
Fatalities:Fatalities: 46 / Occupants: 46
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hai Lang Forest, 18 miles S of Dong Ha, South Vietnam -   Vietnam
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Dong Ha, South Vietnam
Destination airport:Phu Bai, South Vietnam
Narrative:
The MAG-16 Command Chronology for 8 Jan reads: "At 19:15 Hours one HMH-463 CH-53A (YH-37 Bureau Number 153710) was declared overdue and missing after disappearing during an IFR flight.
Search and rescue operations commenced."

On the 9th and 10th, "The search for the missing CH-53A aircraft continued with negative sightings and search operations hampered by inclement weather." On the 11th, "The wreckage of the missing CH-53A aircraft was sighted by search aircraft at coord. YD234260, no apparent survivors.

Adverse weather conditions precluded a search of the crash site until 19 Jan when a recon team was inserted. The aircraft suffered severe burn damage and there was no possibility of survivors." In the casualties (hostile) section, the names of the five crew members are listed and the place is described at 18 miles S Dong Ha, RVN

43 of those KiA are interred at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St Louis, MO : Plot 81 0 270-272. Burial date is listed as July 23, 1968. This is believed to be, still the greatest loss of life in a single incident for a helicopter worldwide to date.

Sources:
http://www.flyarmy.org/incident/68010863KIA.HTM
http://www.popasmoke.com/kia/incidents.php?incident_id=110
http://www.findagraveforums.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=2075905
http://marines.togetherweserved.com/usmc/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&type=Person&ID=122509


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Aug-2010 11:17 TB Added
03-Aug-2010 15:09 TB Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
20-Jan-2012 12:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Feb-2014 20:53 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
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