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YearVersionC/N
1973 206a 302 VH-UHJ : Helicopter Utilities/Airfast Services Jun69, ex N4789R; w/o 09apr73 ditched off Masthead Island, near Gladstone, Qld
1973 206a 550 US N8162J : Bell 206A cn550, ff:?; reg Bell Helicopters as N8162J, unk; del US as N8162J, unk; w/o during auto rotation hard landing, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 28Jul73
1973 206a 599 US N7065J : Bell 206A cn599, ff:?; reg Bell Helicopters as N7065J, unk; del US as N7065J, unk; conv 206B-2, unk; w/o when buzzard jammed between transmission and swash plate, cyclic control tube broken. Aircraft suffered hard lndg ivo Lake Charles, LA, 02Feb73.
1973 206a 657 JM JDF H-3 : JDF w/o 25feb73
1973 47 25066 PE FAP-655 : FAP d/d 1972; w/o 05mar73
1973 47 25067 PE FAP-656 : FAP d/d 1972; w/o 25jan73
1973 ab205a 4075 IT MM80460 : Esercito E.I.270. w/o 13apr73 at Alpe di Siusi, Bolzano
1973 ab205a 4170 OM 707 :
1973 ab205a-1 4149 IT MM80538 : Esercito E.I.286. w/o 19feb73 at Capoterra, Cagliari
1973 ab205a-1 4163 IT MM80549 : Esercito E.I.297. EM-2 type. w/o 14may73 at Aosta-Pollein
1973 ab205a-1 4505 IT I-VFEZ : w/o 06may73 at sea Arenzano in bad weather
1973 ab205b 4224 IT MM80696 : Esercito E.I.325. to civ as I-EIAA. w/o 18apr73 Khumbu glacier, Mount Everest (Nepal)
1973 ab47g-3b 1535 UK XT127 : AAC Sioux AH.1 d/d 04Jun64, w/o 06Feb73
1973 ah-1g 21052 ES Z.14-3 : Marina 007-3. BuNo 71-15092. w/o 23jul73
1973 ch-124 61-284 CA 12418 : CAF; ex 4018; w/o 26Apr73
1973 ch-135 32022 CA 135122 : BuNo 70-15671. 422 sqd. w/o 21jun73
1973 ch-3c 61-502 US 62-12577 : 31oct67
1973 CH-46D 2246 US 153354 : I was the crew chief on her final flight . We crashed on approach and were almost waved off and back over the water . I'm sure none of us woulde have survived . the fwd yellow blade had a crack in the D spar and went UA ! A WM Major and Ltcmdr were both killed by blade strikes as the blades and rotor heads went out of phase and entered the AC Myself and four others survived . we are I believe the only survivors of an inflight blade loss . Semper Fi
1973 CH-46D 2322 US 153971 : BV-107M, c/n 2322, ff:?; del BuWepsRep FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153971 24Jul67; xfer HMM-162 28Jul67; xfer HMM-161 17Oct67; xfer H&MS-36 05Sep70; xfer HMM-164 04May71; xfer HMM-165 07Jun71; xfer HMM-164, YT-??, 10Mar73; w/o RVN 02Aug73.
1973 CH-46D 2340 US 153989 : Oct72 asg HMM-165 was replaced as /YW-5 with 154833
1973 CH-46D 2377 US 154026 : Chief Warrant Officer named Poe was the pilot, and the Crew a Chief was Danny Curry of I believe Dallas Texas. Curry and one other crewman were killed and the co pilot survived with bad injury. Warrant Officer Poe survived but was badly burned. They were flight testing the new BIM blades from Boeing, and had a blade failure as I recall.
1973 CH-46D 2427
US 154820 : w/o 15feb73 10:10hs crashed at John Hay's Baguio City, Phillipines
1973 CH-46F 2570 US 157671 : BV-107M, c/n 2570, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 157671 25Nov69; xfer HMM-264, EH-??, w/o 16Nov73.
1973 ch-47c b-696 ES Z.17-1 : CF001; FAMET ET-401; ex N6692D; w/o 20feb73
1973 ch-53a 65-095 US 153709 : Crashed at Naval Air Test Center Patuxent River Md, spring of 1973, complete loss. Lost one soul, Crew Chief Marine Sgt Tom Henderson. Navy Pilot, Civilian Test Pilot and Army Crew Chief escaped with non life threatening injuries.
1973 ch-53a 65-109 US 153723 : w/o 25feb73 HMH-772
1973 ch-53a 65-136 US 154873 : This a/c crashed a few days after Marine HMH-463 YH-11 went down in North Vietnam waters sweeping mines. Both crashes were a result of tail rotor pitch link failures. This crash resulted in all 53's being grounded and new more robust pitch links being installed. Neither crash caused fatalities
1973 ch-53d 65-168 US 156664 : w/o 02jul73 HMH-463 /YH
1973 ch-53d 65-279 US 157153 : I witnessed this accident. I was on the far end of our flight line working on a CH-46, approximately 200 to 300 yrds to the east of a CH-53 taxiing from the H
1973 ch-53d 65-286 US 157160 : Yankee Hotel 11 was actually air borne dragging mine gear in the water to mine sweeping area when the tail rotor pitch link failed. I was the crew chief on this aircraft when she went down. I was by the ramp when the tail rotor separated and the aircraft began a left to right yaw increasing in degrees rapidly until the aircraft began rotating 360 degrees in a nose down larger 360 arc. One hell of a ride. Sgt. John J. Walsh
1973 ch-53d 65-315 US 157739 : w/o 27jan73 HMH-462 /YF-
1973 FH-1100 153 AR AE-302 : Ejercito d/d oct68; w/o 15mar73
1973 H-34A SA.79 FR SA.79 : Sud Aviation, H-34A, c/n SA.79; del France Armee de l'Air as SA.79, unk; xfer 59 GAOM, unk; w/o 12Mar73.
1973 h-34a 58-109 US 53-4547 : del US ARMY as H-34A, 53-4547, 21Sep55; to CH-34C Jan64; sos Atlanta Government Depot, May71; xfer Mississippi NG, Jun71, crashed Aug73, sos Jun74; displayed at Fort Bliss as 57-6141 (museum assecion number); reported to 3rd Cavalry Museum, Fort Carson, Colorado, unk?
1973 h-34a 58-448 US 55-4484 : del US ARMY as H-34A, 55-4484, 27Jan57; to H-34C by Jan62; soc Atlanta Government Depot, GA, Sep71; xfer Mississippi National Guard, Oct71; crashed Aug 1973; soc Jun74.
1973 h-34a 58-93 US 53-4531 : del US ARMY as H-34A, 53-4531, 05Aug55; to CH-34C Mar63; sos Atlanta Government Depot, May71; xfer Mississippi NG, Jun71, crashed Aug73, soc Jun74.
1973 hh-52a 62-136 US 1457 : w/o 1973, crashed while stationed at air station Cape May, New Jersey
1973 HH-53C 65-192 US 68-10362 : 40th ARRS w/o 14jun73 Cambodia
1973 hss-1n 58-1774 IT MM153621 : Sikorsky SH-34J, c/n 58-1774, ff?; del Marina Militare Italiana under MDAP as SH-34J, MM153621, 4-13, unk; w/o in ground accident at Maristaeli Luni, 1973.
1973 hss-2 61-120 US 149704 : USN; conv to Point Mugu, CA NSH-3A type (satellite camera recovery aircraft); w/o 26nov73
1973 hss-2 61-158 US 149893 : US Navy; conv SH-3G; HC-1 w/o 22oct73
1973 hss-2 61-293 US 151557 : w/o 06jun73, HC-2 SH-3G type (?); This Aircraft is at the bottom of the Western Atlantic; after a flight from the US Guam ended in a loss of control when the ASE malfunctioned and the helo impacted the water; After an hour and 20 minutes all four crew-members were rescued by another helo (HC-2).
1973 hus-1 58-1229 US XW-PHD : 15jun71
1973 hus-1 58-1603 US 150237 : Sikorsky UH-34D, cn 58-1603, ff:? del USMC as UH-34D, 150237, unk; xfer to Air America, unk; lost in Laos, 06Dec73.
1973 hus-1 58-1723 US 727 : w/o 5jan73
1973 hus-1 58-1820 LA 6598 : xfer Royal Laotian Air Force as 6598, after 26Jun70; current 01Apr72; w/o Laos, 10Apr73.
1973 kv-107ii-4 4071 JP 51738 : KV-107II-4, c/n 4071, ff?; del JGSDF as 51738, date?; units unknown; w/o in water landing mishap, 30Nov73.
1973 oh-13s 3934 GR ES702 : Hellenic Army; FMS 67-15885; d/d 07may69; w/o 15mar73 at SAS


1973 oh-58a 40471 US 69-16250 : US Army; 11aug73 w/o
1973 S-55C M55-008 JP 40020 : Mitsubishi S-55C, c/n M55-008, ff?; del JGSDF as UH-19C 40020 unk; unit xfers unk; w/o 20Dec73.
1973 S-61N 61-467 UK G-AZNE : I was on that chopper, and I s---t myself and Iam still going on the blinking things but not for long
1973 S-61N 61-469 GL OY-HAI : named Akigssek ( Grouse ); circa 1970 pictured at Nuuk, Godthaab. Note still missing the radar nose and ice deflector; circa 1971 emergency landing on the Kangerlussuaq fjord 2 due to flameout on both engines because of ice in the intake. It was then repaired and upgraded with ice shields in front of the intake and with nose radar as well; w/o 25oct73 crashed 40km S of Nuuk, 15 fatalities. It was en route to Paamiut from Nuuk and was damaged beyond repair. Never repaired/rebuild
1973 s-62a 62-010 VH-ANE : Airfast Services Pty from Mar68; w/o 26may73 crashed near Polmaise Island, Qld en-route Gladstone-Heron Island. Landed safely without injuries to any of the 9 occupants. It was taken in tow but rolled over and sank
1973 s-62a 62-027 US N316Y : sold Briles Wing & Helicopter as N316Y, unk; lsd to AMOCO Petroleum, unk; dam in uncontrolled lndg and w/o, Requena, Peru, 11Oct73; reportedly stored at Gardena, CA, unk.
1973 s-62a 62-122 CA CF-OKS : Wardair Canada 26Oct72; Okanagan Helicopters Nov72; Golden West, lsd; w/o 24Apr73.
1973 S-62J M62-006 JP 33-4772 : Mitsubishi S-62J, c/n M62-006, ff?; del JASDF as 33-4772, 12Oct63; w/o 23Feb73.
1973 S-65C-3 65-235 IL 131 : Sikorsky S-65C-3, c/n 65-235 ff?; retained by Sikorsky for testing as N6972R; del IDF/AF as S-65C Yasur 131, Oct69; shot down by Egyptian SAM, 5 crewman killed, 2 ejected 12Oct73.
1973 S-65C-3 65-345 IL 249 : Sikorsky S-65C-3, c/n 65-345 ff?; retained by Sikorsky for testing as N4004S; del IDF/AF as S-65C Yasur 249, Oct71; reserialled 949 unk; shot down by Egyptian AAA or SAM, 2 crew + 12 wounded soldiers killed 24Oct73.
1973 s-69 69-001 US 73-21941 : US Army/NASA XH-59A ABC f/f 26jul73; tested in NASA Ames 40x80 ft tunnel; 24aug73 badly damaged in a crash
1973 sa316b 1847 AR 0680 : accepted ARA 18nov71 as 4-H-8. 7jan73 near Pedro Luro (Buenos Aires) after turbine fail did autorotation emergency landing: 5 injuries. aircraft w/o
1973 sa318c 2019 BE A60 : Belgian Army c/n 2019/C646-A95 assembled at SABCA; 03feb73 w/o
1973 sa318c 2257 GR SX-HAK : Olympic Airways; w/o 05jan73 at Angistri
1973 sa330b 1117 FR 1117 : ALAT f/f dec73 w/o 06dec73
1973 sa330c 1050 PT 9510 : Damaged at Cantina de Oliveira, Mozambique due to fuel problems while transporting troops
1973 ah.1 f.9497 UK XP896 : w/o 20nov73, Armagh, N.Ireland
1973 se3130 1203 G-AVEE : xfer RBA Helicopters, Reading, Berkshire, UK, as G-AVEE, 16Jan67; xfer Gregory Air Services, UK as G-AVEE, 15Dec67, [Note: Continued its role as a TV star in episodes of "The Avengers," "The Champions," and "Man In A Suitcase," all filmed in 1967-68.]; xfer Medminster as G-AVEE, 30May73; Written off (damaged beyond repair) when crashed into The Wash, off Holbeach, Lincolnshire, UK, 07Jul73; reg canx 17Aug73.
1973 se3160 1015 ZW 7500 : reserialled Rhodesian Air Force as 7500, unk;w/o 21Feb73.
1973 se3160 1466 ZW 5087 : Aerospatiale SA.316 Alouette III cn1466, ff:?; del RhAF as 5087, 11Jun68; oper by 7 Sqn, unk; w/o 20Nov73.
1973 Sioux wa333 UK XT174 : AAC; w/o 18apr73 hit telephone lines at Caledon, Tyrone, Northern Ireland
1973 Sioux wa344 UK XT185 : AAC; Sioux AH.1 d/d 01Oct65, w/o 16Sep73
1973 Sioux wa397 UK XT238 : 15th/16th Queen's Royal Lancers. Crashed 07 July 1973 in Aldridge, Staffordshire, UK, trying to rescue skydiver from overhead power lines.
1973 Sioux wa415 UK XT503 : AAC Sioux AH.1 d/d 02Nov66, w/o 05May73
1973 Sioux wa592 UK XT830 : wire-strike during exercise, BAOR, 2 fatalities
1973 Sioux wa598 UK XT836 : AAC Sioux AH.1 d/d 17nov67, w/o 27feb73
1973 Sioux wa714 UK XW194 : AAC Sioux AH.1 d/d 10jun69, w/o 05oct73
1973 mk.52 13439 D-HFRZ : to D-HFRZ; 17 Aug 1973 crashed during take off from Peine-Eddesse
1973 TH-1L 6413 US 157818 : Fatal crash when rotor blade malfunction caused helicopter to disintegrate
1973 th-57a 5003 US 157357 : w/o 02jul73
1973 UH-1B 543 US 62-2023 : w/o 15feb73
1973 UH-1B 744 US 63-8522 : w/o 30jan73
1973 UH-1D 8153 DE 70+93 : HTG 64, w/o 02.01.73 Tiefenthal
1973 UH-1D 8210 DE 71+50 : At Fassberg by 1983 (from Ahlhorn).
1973 UH-1D 8404 DE 72+84 : w/o 08.01.1973 Hohenwestedt
1973 UH-1D 8492 DE 73+72 : w/o 20.11.1973 Uebung Hungriger Wolf (Exercise Hungry Wolf)
1973 UH-1E 6014 US 151279 : HML-765 w/o 18jul73
1973 UH-1E 6169 US 154947 : HT-18 w/o 03dec73
1973 UH-1N 31632 US 158291 : HML-167. w/o 05dec73
1973 UH-2A 20 US 149016 : Kaman K-20 Seasprite, c/n 20, ff?; del USN as UH2K-1, 149016 unk; redesig UH-2A Oct 1962; redesig HH-2D, 1970; asgd NAS Oceana, VA, unk; w/o 14Aug73.
1973 UH-2B 177 US 152193 : Kaman K-20 Seasprite, c/n 177, ff?; del USN as HU2K-1U 152193 unk; redesig UH-2B in 1962; unit xfers unk; redesig SH-2D unk; xfer HSL-32, HV-xxx, asgd USS Guam (LPH-7), unk; w/o 01Nov73 when crashed on pier 5 btwn USS Guam (LPH-7) & USS Forrestal (CVA-59) at Norfolk Naval Station.
1973 UH-2B 182 US 152198 : w/o Mar73 lost power on one engine shortly after takeoff from the USS Sterett (DLG-31) between Guam and the Philippines. The aircraft impacted the water, rolled over and sank. All three crewmembers egressed safely and survived. It was an SH-2D and was on HSL-31 Det-1 at the time of the accident
1973 vh-3a 61-098 US 150612 : USMC HSS-2Z; HMX-1 w/o 26may73
1973 Wasp f.9612 UK XT442 : RN: Wasp HAS.1 noted in storage at RAF Wroughton 21oct78, coded 326 ex 829NAS ex HMS Arrow Flt (F173)
1973 Wasp f.9678 NZ3901 : Subritzky Aircraft Collection at Dairy Flat Mainly Complete by Aug16
1973 Wasp f.9757 NZ NZ3903 : Delivered Nov 1971. Arrived on HMNZS Canterbury Jun 1972 as 3 Sqdn/460 c/s ZM-ZUX. Engine failure on 30 Nov 1973 caused crash into Waitemata Harbour off North Head. Written off and stored at Devonport (NZ) naval base.
1973 har.2 wa149 UK XL110 : In Akrotiri crash dump by 1973.
1973 has7 wa239 UK XL900 : HAS.7 824Sqn/333-C Apr 1961, replacing XN303 on unit strength until May 1963.
1973 has7 wa290 UK XN310 : A&AEE Nov 1965, Hermes SAR Flt/335-H by Jan 1966, RNAY Fleetlands by Feb 1967, Lossiemouth SAR Flt/684 by Dec 1969, Lee SAR Flt/810-LS by Feb 1973, ditched and sank in Solent (1nm SW of Gilkicker Pt) 16 Apr 1973.
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