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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 76915
Last updated: 26 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell OH-58C Kiowa
Owner/operator:4-501 AVN US Army
Registration: 71-20796
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ipoh-Ri -   North Korea
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
The Kiowa with the call sign "Razorback 19" took off at 10:02 AM for a familiarization flight along the demilitarized zone (DMZ), but after about 40 minutes the pilots erroneously reported they were near Checkpoint 84 in South Korea while they were in fact about 10 miles north of the checkpoint and about 5 miles into North Korea. Eight minutes later the helicopter was taken under fire by the North Koreans and either struck by an air-to-surface missile or AAA fire. With a shattered canopy and a disabled engine, the pilot CWO Robert Hall made an emergency landing using auto-rotation and escaped the burning wreck. The co-pilot CWO David Michael Hilemon, a pilot for Apache attack helicopters, was fatally injured in the crash. Hall was taken prisoner by North Korean soldiers but returned to US control on 31 December 1994.

Wreckage from the Kiowa is exhibited in the D.P.R.K. War Museum at Pyongyang.


Flight International 16-22 August 1995

Revision history:

30-Nov--0001 00:00 ASN Archive
20-Mar-2011 11:45 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Location, Country, Source, Narrative]
09-Jan-2013 02:20 Tetrapack Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Phase, Narrative]
24-Feb-2020 11:54 Xindel XL Updated [Operator, Operator]

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