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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56221
Last updated: 13 November 2020
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Time:11:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic H53 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sikorsky CH-53C Sea Stallion
Owner/operator:21 SOS USAF (21 SOS United States Air Force)
Registration: 68-10931
C/n / msn: 65-229
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lima Site 20, at UTM grid coordinates: TG635243 -   Laos
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand
Destination airport:
During a troop insertion in northern Laos, lost one engine due to hostile fire, FEs bailed out, pilots died in crash. Took severe ground fire on infil as lead of a three ship inserting Laotian soldiers. Lost one engine and attempted to egress, bypassing enemy troops before crashing into trees near friendly troops. Cockpit destroyed in crash, killing pilots. Cabin occupants escaped while aircraft burned.

Information on U.S. Air Force helicopter CH-53C tail number 68-10931
Date: 03/01/1971
Incident number: 71030122.KIA
Unit: 21 SOS
UTM grid coordinates: TG635243
Casualties = 2 KiA , 4 Rescued

Crew Members KiA:

CPT Tijerina's casualty message states the CH-53 departed Nakhon Rhanon at 0830 hours local on a classified mission. Last contact was at 1123 hours local. Aircraft crashed and burned at a classified location in northern Laos at approximately 11:30 hours local. A ground team went to the crash area on 2 Mar 71 for further investigation.

The USAF casualty file states the two pilots were KIA and SSGT name blotted out in report (flight engineer) and SSGT name blotted out in report (flight engineer) were injured when their CH-53 helicopter was struck by hostile fire, crashed and burned. The flight engineers bailed out and were rescued, they were treated for minor abrasions and contusions. The pilot and copilot did not exit the helicopter and sustained fatal injuries in the crash.

- JF Baugher

Revision history:

24-Aug-2011 12:22 Uli Elch Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
19-Jan-2012 20:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Aug-2013 14:39 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
21-Aug-2013 16:09 Uli Elch Updated [Source, Narrative]

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