ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 76873
Last updated: 24 April 2017
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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.
Bell OH-58A Kiowa
|Owner/operator:||52nd Combat Air Battallion,1st Aviation Brigade, US |
|C/n / msn:|| 40319|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Hon Kho Pass, Khanh Hoa Province -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||Ton Son Nhut AFB, South Vietnam|
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.
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]|