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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 76858
Last updated: 19 December 2019
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Date:21-FEB-1990
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell OH-58A Kiowa
Owner/operator:1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, US Army
Registration: 70-15528
C/n / msn: 41079
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:9
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Punta Diego, 80 km SW of Colon, Panama Canal Zone -   Panama
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Fort Kobbe, Howard Air Force Base, Panama (BLB/MPHO)
Destination airport:Fort Kobbe, Howard Air Force Base, Panama (BLB/MPHO)
Narrative:
During a night exercise on the night of February 20-21 1990, the flight encountered bad weather associated with local thunderstorm activity. The mission was aborted and the helicopter was returning to its base at Fort Kobbe when contact was lost. Wreckage from the helicopter was found the next day near Punta Diego, 80 km South West of Colon, Panama, and the two crew - WO1 James W. Carl [Pilot] and Captain Richard D. Tyndall [Air Observer] - were killed. One UH-1H (69-15851) crashed while searching for the downed Kiowa. The nine persons on the UH-1H (two crew plus seven troops) were also killed

Capt. Tyndall was flying as an observer aboard the aircraft, and was in charge of village searches. The troops were on a five-day mission conducting "a real-world search of the Colon province of Panama for weapons and hostile activity,"

Sources:

1. Flight International 8-14 May 1991
2. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1970.html
3. http://www.armyaircrews.com/kiowa.html
4. https://army.togetherweserved.com/army/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&type=Person&ID=140895
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Kobbe


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Nov--0001 00:00 ASN Archive
01-Dec-2010 06:44 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Location, Country, Source, Narrative]
15-Apr-2016 21:59 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Apr-2016 22:00 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
15-Apr-2016 22:00 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
15-Apr-2016 22:01 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
15-Apr-2016 22:08 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
15-Apr-2016 22:10 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
15-Apr-2016 22:10 Dr.John Smith Updated [Other fatalities]

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