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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 77045
Last updated: 9 May 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic UH1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell UH-1H Iroquois
Owner/operator:1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, US Army
Registration: 69-15851
MSN: 12139
Fatalities:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Punta Diego, 80 km SW of Colon, Panama Canal Zone -   Panama
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Fort Kobbe, Howard Air Force Base, Panama (BLB/MPHO)
Destination airport:Fort Kobbe, Howard Air Force Base, Panama (BLB/MPHO)
A/C was part of a 4-ship lift peacekeeping mission over jungles on the Atlantic coast of Panama. A/C crashed into a mountain near Punta Diego, 80 km SW of Colon, Panama Canal Zone while searching for the OH-58 Involved (69-15851) that crashed into the same mountain. All nine person on board (crew of two plus seven troops) were killed:

WO1 Richard T. Block [Pilot]
WO1 Vincent C. Gibson [Pilot]
SPC Joel L. Meints [Cheif Engineer]
PVT Jude W. Johnson [C]
PV2 Charles D. Allison
SPC Rodney L. Blodgett
SGT Sidney T. Dew
SPC Kurt M. Magill
SGT Antonio B. Solis

The wreckage of both helicopters, along with the 11 fatalities (9 in the Iroquois. plus 2 in the Kiowa), were found two days later (February 23 1990).


1. Flight International 8-14 May 1991


Revision history:

30-Nov--0001 00:00 ASN Archive
01-Dec-2010 06:44 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Location, Country, Source, Narrative]
31-Dec-2010 06:48 penguin832 Updated [Phase, Source, Narrative]
02-Jan-2011 02:21 penguin832 Updated [Narrative]
15-Apr-2016 22:28 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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