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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 55284
Last updated: 6 December 2020
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Date:05-MAY-1976
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic UH1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell UH-1H
Owner/operator:Aviación del Ejército Argentino
Registration: AE-411
C/n / msn: 13221
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Río Caspinchango, Tucuman -   Argentina
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Crashed on river banks, 4 km north of Santa Lucía.
The last intervention in combat of the Hueys of the Army would be the one that took place on May 5, 1976, when a terrestrial fraction in charge of the Cap. José A. Ramallo, who was investigating the presence of subversives in the Santa Monica area, requested the presence of a helicopter gunship that would take him to carry out an aerial reconnaissance of the area where the presence of guerrillas was presumed. Embarked in the Huey AE-411, the fraction headed towards the Zavalía sector, circumstance in which contact with the aircraft was lost (declared in emergency at 22:00 hs.). After an intense search, the UH-1H was found injured on the banks of the Caspichango River (which serves as a border between the departments of Monteros and Faimallá), about 4 km. North of Santa Lucia. According to one account, the machine would have hit the foliage of the forest while chasing guerrillas executing fire support. Following the accident, the pilot died, Subt. César G. Ledesma, and crew members Sarg were injured. Ramón J. Gil and soldiers C / 55 Carlos A. Romitti and Rubén N. Piazza. Between the passage, also died the Cap. Ramallo, the Sarg. Walter H. Gómez and C. 1o. Carlos Parra.

Sources:

Scramble 291
Operativo Independencia
http://aeromilitaria.gacetaeronautica.com/cmp/subversion/pagina3.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Nov-2011 14:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
03-Jan-2015 19:59 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
12-Aug-2017 18:26 TB Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Source, Narrative]
26-Jan-2019 18:24 gwydd Updated [Source, Narrative]

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