BELL UH-1H HUEY (REGISTRATION: 67-17594)
In the early evening of 23 June 1970 a UH-1 Huey (s/n 67-17594) of the 162nd Assault Helo Company departed Ca Mau Airfield on an administrative run to Can Tho Army Air Field. At about 6:40 PM the aircraft suffered suspected mechanical failure of the main rotor system. The main rotor blades sheared through the cockpit and the mast sheared just below the main rotor head, separating from the aircraft at an approximate altitude of 1500 feet. The aircraft, with the tail rotor still intact and the engine running, began to spin, impacting the ground with both vertical and circular momentum. All twelve people aboard died in the crash:
Aircrew UH-1H 67-17594 (162nd AHC, 13th Avn Bn)
WO Lawrence M. Moore, East Point, GA, pilot;
WO Daniel J. Hallows, Holland, NY, copilot;
SP5 Dennis J. Dillon, San Marcos, CA, crew chief; and
PFC James W. Lenz, Milwaukee, WI, gunner.
HM2 Harold L. Linville, Reno, NV, RIVRON 15, TF 117;
MM2 Richard J. Solano, Palo Alto, CA, SEAL Team 1, TF 116;
SM3 John S. Durlin, Lake City, PA, SEAL Team 1, TF 116;
BM3 James R. Gore, Sunburst, MT, SEAL Team 1, TF 116;
SN John J. Donnelly, Philadelphia, PA, SEAL Team 1, TF 116;
SN Thomas R. Brown, St Paul, MN, Det Nha Be, NAVSUPACT Saigon;
FN Toby A. Thomas, Brentwood, MO, SEAL Team 1, TF 116; and
One civilian, name unknown.