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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 76873
Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Date:04-JUL-1970
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell OH-58A Kiowa
Owner/operator:52nd Combat Air Battallion,1st Aviation Brigade, US
Registration: 69-16098
C/n / msn: 40319
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hon Kho Pass, Khanh Hoa Province -   Vietnam
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Ton Son Nhut AFB, South Vietnam
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Destroyed in combat 4 July 1970: the OH-58A departed Nha Trang, flying parallel to Highway 1, and after passing Thon Phu Xuong, they entered the Hon Kho Pass and went inadvertent IFR. The OH-58A was on a ferry/positioning flight from Ton Son Nhut AFB.

Pilot made left hand and rapid nose low descent, and broke out of clouds approx 25-50 feet above the water in an approximate 30 degree nose low attitude and at 80 Knots IAS, hitting the water. Crew survived crash and Observer helped Pilot stay afloat for half hour. When Observer resurfaced after removing his boots, Pilot was no where to be seen. Observer swam to shore, and was rescued.

Pilot CW2 Robert J. Wingenfeld KIA. The survived was SP5 E.D. Simpson.

Sources:

1. http://www.armyaircrews.com/kiowa_nam.html
2. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1969.html
3. http://www.vhpa.org/KIA/K12167.HTM
4. http://www.vhpa.org/KIA/incident/700704121ACD.HTM
5. http://www.archives.gov/research/military/vietnam-war/casualty-lists/ny-alpha.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Nov--0001 00:00 ASN Archive
17-Apr-2015 20:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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