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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 60130
Last updated: 5 May 2021
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Date:29-JUL-1977
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic UH1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell UH-1H Iroquois (205A-1)
Owner/operator:9 Sqn RAAF
Registration: A2-379
MSN: 9379
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Baliem Valley, Irian Jaya, West Papua -   Indonesia
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Wamena, PNG
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Formerly US Army 67-17181. Delivered 5/2/68 to 9 Squadron RAAF in Vietnam. First sortie in Vietnam on 10/2/1968, Crew; Clements, Adam, McCreadie, Mapstone. Damaged by a mine in Vietnam on 13/2/70 whilst extracting SAS Patrol 31.

To RAAF Amberley, Queensland 9/11/71. To 3 Aircraft Depot 28/6/72 for Mod 148. To 9 Squadron RAAF 1/7/72. While serving with 9 Squadron, Detachment "A", it crashed 29/7/77 into high ground during poor weather conditions in the Baliem Valley, Irian Jaya, West Papua, Indonesia

During Operation Cenderawasih (Bird of Paradise) in the Baliem Valley of Western Papua New Guinea (or Irian Jaya, Indonesia - the valley straddles the border), two UH-1H Iroquois helicopters of No 9 Squadron, RAAF, were sent from Wamena to convey an Australian Army party engaged in geodetic survey work to an airstrip across the mountains. Heavy cloud caused the mission to be aborted, and the two aircraft were returning to base when machine A2-379 went missing with five personnel on board. The lost aircraft was located early the next day in a moss forest at an altitude of 10,000 feet (3,000 metres).

Two Army personnel were winched 60 metres through the jungle canopy to the wreck below and found that, apart from the pilot, all on board had survived though three were seriously injured. A Special Air Service patrol team from Darwin was inserted to protect the wreck while recovery operations were carried out over the next week

Crew; Flight Lt R. Taylor (Pilot- killed), Flight Lt Greg Cashmere (Co-Pilot) plus three others injured.

Sources:

1. http://www.adf-gallery.com.au//3a2.shtml
2. https://www.awm.gov.au//collection/P00448.020
3. http://web.archive.org/web/20170401035636/http://airpower.airforce.gov.au/HistoryRecord/HistoryRecordDetail.aspx?rid=551
4. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1967.htm]l
5. http://www.airlinehobby.com/listings/details/index.cfm?itemnum=752843000


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-May-2009 12:42 zerocinquanta Added
29-Jun-2010 13:36 TB Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
17-Apr-2011 06:50 Anon. Updated [Total fatalities]
12-May-2014 17:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Location, Country, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Nov-2014 17:17 SIS07 Updated [Operator]

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