Year 1981 accidentsList of helicopter accidents
|Bell||209 AH-1 Cobra||3|
|Boeing-Vertol||107M H-46 Sea Knight||6|
|Hughes||369 / 500 / H-6||2|
|Kawasaki Heavy Industries||369HS||1|
|1981||206a||255||PT-HBY : Bell 206A cn255, ff:?; del Brazil as PT-HBY, unk; w/o 12Jul81. |
|1981||206a||270|| N4717R : Bell 206A cn270, ff:?; reg Bell Helicopters as N4717R, unk; xfer US as N4717R, unk; conv Bell 206B-2, unk; w/o Fruitland, UT, 03Dec81 |
|1981||212||30705|| N392EH : ERA Helicopters Jun75-Mar91;
w/o 23aug81 at Kenai, AK |
|1981||212||31116|| FAP-687 : FAP d/d 1979; w/o 21feb81 |
|1981||212||31120|| PT-HKW : Lider Taxi Aereo; ex N57485; w/o 22jul81 at Macae/RJ |
|1981||369hm||51-0208M|| H-208 : RDAF Esk724; d/d 07sep71; w/o 27may81 |
|1981||369hs||76-0829S||N8304F : Hughes Helicopters Mar/Aug 1977 |
N191BB : Sonoma County Sheriff Office (SCSO), CA from Aug77; w/o 24apr81; May81 canc as destroyed
|1981||ab205a-1||4176|| MM80778 : CC-34. 4 Nucleo Elicotteri. w/o 16nov81 at Viba Valentina, Catanzaro |
|1981||ab205a-1||4279|| MM80714 : Esercito E.I.343. replaced c/n 4247 given to Morocco. 21 Gruppo. w/o 05sep81 at Monte Limbara, Sassari |
|1981||ab212||5609|| 5D-HM : w/o 03jul81 |
|1981||ah-1j||26071|| 160106 : USMC; conv AH-1T unk; w/o 18sep81 |
|1981||ah-1j||26079|| 160114 : USMC; conv AH-1T unk; w/o 22may81 |
|1981||ah-1t||26086|| 160748 : USMC; HMM-261 w/o 23feb81 |
160748 : Crashed in Spain. The pilot and squadron flight surgeon who was on a fam flight were both killed in the crash.
160748 : Class A damage, on recovery crew and CDI for HMLA-269 deployed to HMM-261. All personnel and airframe recovered.
160748 : I have the data plate from the airframe after the crash; Manufacturer S/N 26086; Contract Number DAAJ01-77-C-0481; Accepted 4-78; Aircraft Identification Plate No. 00098
|1981||CH-46D||2266|| 153370 : BV-107M, c/n 2266, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153370 13Mar67; xfer NARF North Island 27Mar67; xfer HMM-364, YK-19, 07Sep67; xfer HMM-263 13May69; xfer H&MS-36 COSA 10May71; xfer HMM-164 28Oct71; xfer H&MS-36 16May72; xfer HMM-164 28Oct72; xfer HMM-165 24Jul73; xfer H&MS-36 17Oct74; xfer HMM-165 09Apr75; further unit xfers unk; xfer HMM-163, YP-??, unk; w/o 11Jun81. |
153370 : 1969-70 I flew it in Viet nam. It was an incredable aircraft. Took alot of battle damage and still would get me home every time but alas she sits in about 2000ft of water of the coast of one of the japanese islands. One of the blade lost its deicing strips and the crew had to land in the water where I am told it floated for about 45min and then sank. I dont know who the pilots were but the crew chief was Jerry Greer
153370 : 1978-1979, I crewed this Bird in Okinawa with HMM-161. She was know as "Carelson's Magic Bus..
|1981||CH-46D||2267|| 153371 : BV-107M, c/n 2267, ff?; accepted BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153371 16Mar67; xfer NARF North Island 27Mar67; xfer HMM-364, YK-05, 20Sep67; xfer HMM-263 13May69; xfer HMM-262 01May71; xfer HC-6 29May72; xfer USS Guam (LPH-9) 06Nov72; xfer HC-6 09Feb73; xfer ? unit unk; xfer HC-6, HW-1, May78; w/o 09Jan81. |
153371 : Former Cpl. Jr Venhous USMC. Crew chief of 153371 from feb68 to nov68, RSVN, @ Phu Bia
|1981||CH-46D||2312|| 153961 : BV-107M, c/n 2312, ff:?; del BWR FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153961 12Jul67; xfer HMM-261 20Jul67; xfer H&MS-30 COSA 25Sep68; xfer HMMT-302 15Nov68; xfer HMM-262 02Aug69; xfer HMM-161 10Aug70; xfer HMM-165 19Aug70; xfer H&MS-36 COSA 22Nov70; xfer H&MS-36 22Jan71; xfer HMM-164 07May71; xfer HMM-165 21Jan72; xfer HMM-164 21Nov72; further unit xfers unk; xfer HMM-165, YW?? unk; w/o 03Mar81. |
153961 : w/o 03mar81 as HMM-165 /YW-03 crashed while aboard the USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3). Crew chief was killed, both pilots made in out.
|1981||CH-46D||2386|| 154035 : BV-107M, c/n 2386, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46D 154035, 28Dec67; xfer HMM-264 19Jan68; xfer HMM-261 14Mar69; xfer HMMT-402 21Aug69; xfer NAS North Island A&T 19Dec70; xfer HC-3 19Jan71; further unit xfers unk; xfer HC-11, VR-66, unk; w/o abd USS Wichita (AOR-1), 70 west of San Diego, Ca, 21Nov81. |
154035 : Sept.1981 pictured as UH-46D type with HC-11 /VR-66 at NAS North Island, CA
154035 : w/o 21nov81, reported missing from USS Wichita (AOR-1) 70m W of San Diego, CA
154035 : Assigned to HC-11 Det 4. All 4 onboard perished. Crashed after taking off at night and flew into water
154035 : My name is AECS AW NAC Garrity (Ret). This Was my first off several heart breaks. AMS2 Thomas Bishop Was on that fiight. He was my best friend and room mate. After the mishap, the small amount of reackage was brought back to squadron spaces. The only items of Toms left was his Helmet. The Crew crashed with brutal impact. TOM Rest in peace. I love you brother.
154035 : Was on deck that night...had just given up the LSE duties to my backup when the accident happened. Rest in peace my brothers.
|1981||CH-46F||2565|| 157666 : BV-107M, c/n 2565, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 157666 18Nov69; xfer HMM-264 05Dec69; xfer H&MS-26 19Dec74; xfer HMM-264 31Mar75; further unit xfers unk; xfer HMM-164, YT-??, w/o 10Feb81. |
|1981||CH-46F||2608|| 157709 : BV-107M, c/n 2608, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 157709 24Sep70; xfer HMMT-402 24Sep70; xfer HMT-204 01May72; xfer H&MS-26 17May73; xfer HMM-162 06Nov74; further unit xfers unk; conv CH-46E unk; unit xfers unk; xfer HMM-265, EG-??, unk; w/o 27Jul81. |
157709 : Jul81 as EG-10/HMM-263 flipped over on the flight deck while turning and burning. Salt water was poured on it and the aircraft was not taken to Cherry Point until HMM-263 returned to CONUS in Nov81. The aircraft was written off due to corrosion
157709 : Greg Boyle was the Crew Chief. The Navy Director (Yellow Shirt) was knocked off the deck most likely by a disintegrated rotor blade. I don't believe his body was recovered.
|1981||ch-53a||65-105|| 153719 : Sikorsky S-65A, c/n 65-105, ff:?; del USMC as CH-53A 153719, unk |
153719 : w/o 19jul81 HMH-772 /MT-407
153719 : During CQ hit another Squadron helicopter chained down on deck but running
|1981||ch-53a||65-113|| 153727 : USMC CH-53A |
153727 : w/o 10feb81 HMH-462 /YF-
|1981||ch-53d||65-307|| 157731 : Sikorsky S-65C, c/n 65-307, ff:?; del USMC as CH-53D 157731, unk |
157731 : w/o 17sep81 with HMM-263
|1981||ch-54a||64-021|| 67-18419 : Sikorsky S-64A, c/n 64-021, ff?; del US Army as CH-54A 67-18419 unk; w/o 16Aug81. |
|1981||hh-3e||61-628|| 68-8282 : USAF; 38 ARRS w/o 1981 |
|1981||hh-52a||62-022|| 1353 : Sikorsky S-62C c/n 62-022, ff?; del USCG as HH-52A Seaguard 1353, Salem, OR, 16Jan63; xfer North Bend, OR unk; soc when engine stall resulted in one fatality, 14Nov81. |
1353 : w/o at Coos Bay, OR. Aircraft capsized
|1981||hh-52a||62-115|| 1427 : USCG HH-52A; w/o 22oct81. |
1427 : 19jun67 entered service at CGAS Houston; 10apr70 to CGAS Kodiak
1427 : w/o 22oct81 crashed during a training flight near Bates Field (which is now Mobile Regional Airport and Aviation Training Center ATC Mobile). All four crew members on board the helicopter were killed.
1427 : rotor blades separated from head during normal flight; Names of personnel killed in the incident: LT Raymond T. Brooks LTJG Robert E. Winter AD3 Mark C. Johnson AD3 Joe A. Hinton; Air Station assigned to: AIRSTA Mobile; Location of the incident: Bates Field; Description of the incident: During a night instrument flight the crew experienced a catastrophic failure of a major flight control. There was an instantaneous breakup of the aircraft.
1427 : It was determined that a pitch change control rod broke while in flight.
|1981||HH-53B||65-090|| 66-14435 : USAF; 1550th ATTW w/o 23sep81 |
66-14435 : 1551st CCTW, Kirkland AFB; w/o 29sep81, aircraft and crew lost on during a night time combat training mission on Mt. Taylor near Grant, NM.
|1981||hss-2||61-039|| 148967 : USN; conv SH-3H; HS-4 w/o 19jun81 ditched Indian Ocean |
148967 : I was in it when it was ditched and lost at sea. Never recovered
|1981||hss-2||61-051|| 148979 : USN;
pictured (top) as HC-1 /UP-727 |
148979 : HC-1 /UP-727, when disbanded all helos went to HS-74
148979 : pictured (bot) on amphibious transport dock USS Plymouth Rock (LSD-29) as HS-74 /AW-455 unknown date ( wrongly reported as 1988 due LSD-29 decom in 1983 )
148979 : w/o 27apr81 with HC-1 Det 2
148979 : crashed on a small island in the pacific during a radiological survey of bikini atoll. Hi speed shaft bolts failed causing fire in flight. Crew survived !!! Ask Lt. Hall....
|1981||hss-2||61-066|| 148992 : USN; conv SH-3H; HS-8 w/o 16mar81 |
|1981||hss-2||61-110|| 149696 : USN; conv SH-3G; HS-3 w/o 13sep81 |
|1981||hss-2||61-127|| 149710 : USN; conv SH-3G; HC-1 w/o 10apr81 |
|1981||hss-2||61-154|| 149736 : USN; conv SH-3H; HS-12 w/o 19sep81 tail rotor failure |
|1981||OH-6J||6312|| 31012 : Kawasaki 369E, c/n 6312, ff?; del JGSDF as OH-6J, 31012 unk; unit xfers unk; w/o 05Sep81. |
|1981||S-55B||55-1004|| N874 : Sikorsky S-55B c/n 55-1004, ff:?; del Chicago Helicopter Airways as N874, 18Sep56; sold Loma Linda University, converted to aerial ambulance, unk; w/o near Beaumont, CA, 29May81. |
|1981||s-58b||58-807|| N422A : Sikorsky S-58B, cn 58-807, ff:?; del US as S-58B, N422A, 28Mar58 |
N422A : xfer Petroleum Helicopters as N422A, 1958
N4247 : rereg Petroleum Helicopters as N4247, by Jan64; NTSB report: "Robinson Creek KY. Damage - substantial. Engine failure. 28Jul68."
N4247 : xfer Carson helicopter as S-58, N4247, by Jul68; NTSB report: "Salem, NJ. Damage - none. Ground crew maneuvered sling load cable into contact with live power line. 08Jul70."; xfer Summit Timber as N4247 by Jan76; xfer Queen City Helicopter, 11May76; NTSB report: "Bellevue, WA. Damage - destroyed. Fire in flight due to FOD. 07Aug81"; FAA reports Undel Tri.
|1981||s-62a||62-060|| N92863 : Sikorsky S-62A c/n 62-060, ff ~1964; registered Sikorsky as N92863; del California Company as N92863, Mar65; w/o when fire in main rotor gearbox caused a lndg in a swamp near Venice, LA, 10Nov81; reg canx Apr86. |
|1981||S-64B||64-060|| N6965R : Sikorsky S-64E c/n 64-060, ff 1969; del ERA Aviation Inc as N6965R unk; dam when Cowdrey, CO 13Dec76, repaired & returned to service; w/o during logging operations near Kitsault Village, BC, Canada, 05Jun81, 2 fatalities. |
|1981||sa315b||2267|| H-61 : FAA d/d 13dec72; w/o 01feb81 |
|1981||sa316b|| 21 : FAS, w/o 1981 |
|1981||sa316b|| 24 : FAS, w/o 1981 |
|1981||sa318c||2230|| SX-HAI : Olympic Airways;
w/o 13jun81 |
|1981||sa330f||1308|| 560 : Kuwait air force; w/o 10jun81 |
|1981||sa330h||1380|| 6W-SHK : Senegal airforce d/d 1977; w/o 1981 |
|1981||sa330l||1433|| 174 : SAAF; w/o 29sep81 |
174 : 29sep81 crashed at Oshakati during a brown out, 6 people on board were killed, the pilot survived. I was researching the three medical staff killed on this casevac flight for a Ops medic / Doctor Book
|1981||ht.3||1314|| XX396 : RAF HT.3; w/o 30jun81; to 8718M Cranwell /N Airframe Technology Flt by 2004 |
XX396 : 13+14jun92 traveling exhibit./N
XX396 : to Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search School by Jun 2017.
|1981||sa342k||1325|| 509 : SA342K del KAF as 509, unk; asgd 33/34 Sqn; w/o 11Apr81; noted dumped at Ali Al Salem AB, Feb12. |
|1981||se3130||1311|| 75+29 : PD-135; PH-239; PH-208; HFB8; HFB200; HFS10; w/o 17.09.1981 Strassberg |
|1981||has.5||wa 875|| XZ915 : Ex XV915, f/f 07feb79, d/d 30mar79, w/o 06mar81 |
XZ915 : 07Jun80 noted RNAS Lee-on-Solent coded 015.N of 820 squadron HMS Invincible; Crashed 06Mar81 after hitting XZ917 off of Lee-on-Solent in fog and ditching
XZ915 : w/o 06mar81 collided with Sea King XZ917 during approach HMS Invincible in fog, ditched 5m S of Catherine Point, Isle of Wight. 5 fatalities
XZ915 : wreck of main fuselage at Arbroath dump/015-N by 1983
XZ915 : noted at RNAS Culdrose Airday 25jul79 uncoded with 706NAS
|1981||has.5||wa 877|| XZ917 : Ex XV917, f/f 01/03/1979, d/d 05/04/1979, w/o 06/03/1981. |
XZ917 : 06Mar81 coded N.016 of 820Squadron, HMS Invincible collided with XZ915 whilst flying in fog. Ditched off of Lee-on-Solent; 11Mar81 wreck recovered to RNAS Lee-on-Solent
XZ917 : noted at RNAS Culdrose Airday 25jul79 uncoded with 706NAS
|1981||mk42||wa 735|| IN503 : Westland Sea King Mk.42, cn WA735, ff?; del Indian Navy as IN503, unk; w/o 01feb81. |
IN503 : ditched at sea
|1981||Sioux||wa312|| XT153 : AAC Sioux AH.1 |
XT153 : 1967-1969, I worked on and flew in XT153 based at Larkhill, and attached to firstly 25 Field Regt. Royal Artillery, and later to 49 Light Regt. royal Artillery.
D-HOFD : Germany unk, to ZS-HJB
ZS-HJB : South Africa; w/o 07dec81
|1981||Sioux||wa371|| XT212 : AAC Sioux AH.1 unk to Germany D-HAFG |
D-HAFG : Private , w/o 15Jul81
|1981||Sioux||wa434/wap148|| XT545 : AAC Sioux AH.1 10Apr79 to G-BGOZ as Westland Bell 47G-3B-1 |
G-BGOZ : Private w/o 18Jun81, wreck Chilbolton
|1981||UH-1B||1023|| A2-1023 : RAAF d/d 1964; BuNo 63-13591; w/o 19aug81 Williamtown NSW due tail rotor failure |
|1981||UH-1B||3103|| N9-3103 : RAN d/d 1965; BuNo 64-17623; w/o 26mar81 at Nowra; preserved Australia Museum of Flight Nowra |
|1981||UH-1B||513|| 993 : BuNo 62-1993. w/o 24apr81 |
|1981||UH-1E||6077|| 151883 : HML-776 QL-400 w/o 06feb81 |
|1981||UH-1H||1H08|| 41608 : Fuji-Bell 205B, c/n 1H08, ff:?; del JGSDF as UH-1H 41608 unk; unit xfers unk; w/o 03Mar81. |
|1981||UH-1N||31057|| 69-6651 : USAF |
69-6651 : w/o 1981~ crashed at Kirtland AFB
|1981||UH-1N||31449|| 160831 : USMC; w/o 29sep81 on USS Inchon (LPH-12) |
|1981||UH-1N||31655|| 158779 : USMC; HML-770 /MN; w/o 02feb81 near NAS Whidbey Island, WA |
158779 : Two souls lost. Squadron Operations Officer (Major) and Crew Chief (Sergeant). Crashed in Redbluff area of Northern California while in transit from NAS Whidbey Island to Yuma Arizona
158779 : w/o 28jan80 crashed and burned
|1981||UH-1N||31656|| 158780 : USS Guam (LPH-9) w/o 19jul81 |
|1981||UH-1N|| 159703 : USMC; HML-367 /VT w/o 03feb81 |
|1981||Wasp||f.9588|| XT418 : d/d 4 Dec 1964. 829 Sq Argonaut Flt/466-AT by Jun 1968 still Mar 1970; RNAY Fleetlands by Jun 1970 marked as /452 by Sep 1970 but not released to Galatea Flt (?); 829 Sq HQ Flt/501 by Jan 1971; transferred to 703 Sq/501 Jan 1972, ditched off Portland and recovered by Sea King XV668; RNAY Fleetlands by Oct 1972, RNAY Wroughton by Mar 1974, NASU Culdrose by May 1974 still Feb 1975, RNAY Wroughton by 11 Mar 1975 and /637 code applied; temporarily issued as 829 Sq Scylla Flt/432 until Apr 1976; at RNAY Wroughton by Mar 1977 as /637; 829 Sq Arethusa Flt/426 by Jul 1977 still Sep 1977; 829 Sq Endurance Flt/435-E by Jun 1978. |
XT418 : 22jul79 829Sqn coded 435 Endurance Flt
XT418 : w/o 13 Dec 1981 while operating from HMS Endurance Flt/435-E, rolled over following beach landing on South Georgia. Stripped of parts and abandoned in place.
|1981||has.1||wa 31|| XM872 : Westland Wessex HAS.1, c/n WA031, f/f:?; del Royal Navy as XM872, 17/07/1961; conv HAS.3, unk; w/o 11/03/1981. |
XM872 : 819 Sq/320 by Jan 1962, still 1965.
XM872 : noted 22jul79 at HMS Osprey RNAS Portland coded 662-PO
XM872 : To Westland early 1966 for conv to HAS.3, completed mid 1967. 706Sq/569-CU by summer 1967, RNAY Wroughton by Feb 1973, 737 Sq/662-PO by Jan 1976, w/o 11 Mar 1981 with 737 Sq when ditched off Portland, following an engine fire.
|1981||has.1||wa 69|| XP118 : Westland Wessex HAS.1 del Royal Navy 07jul62; conv HAS.3, unk; w/o 15jul81 ditch 15m S of Portland;
scr Predannack |
XP118 : noted 22jul79 at HMS Osprey RNAS Portland coded 664-PO
XP118 : noted on a lorry in Plymouth 22 Jun 1982, heading for Predannack (?)
|1981||hu.5||wa270|| XT448 : Westland Wessex HU.5, c/n WA270, f/f: 17/02/1965; del Royal Navy as XT448, 05/03/1965; w/o 07/10/1981. |
XT448 : On a flight between NAS Jacksonville and Camp Lejeune while with 845Sq /S on HMS Hermes, a section of tail rotor failed and the airframe ditched and sank.
|1981||mk.60||wa199|| G-17-1 : ff 21 Jul 1965, registered G-ASWI by Sep 1965. |
G-ASWI : Wessex 60, ex G-17-1, to G-ASWI /H.84, to VR-BDS, to G-ASWI, to VR-BDS, to G-ASWI, UK C of A expired 27 Oct 1981.
VR-BDS : Westland Wessex Mk.60, c/n WA199, first delivered to Bristow Helicopters Ltd. in England as G-ASWI, 1964; displayed as H.84 at Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, 01Jun67; lsd Helicopter Rentals, Bermuda as VR-BDS, unk; rtnd Bristow as G-ASWI, unk; CofA canx, 1981.
G-ASWI : Crashed 12 miles ENE of Bacton, Norfolk on 13 August 1981. All 2 crew and 11 passengers were killed
G-ASWI : Following this accident on 13 Aug 1981 while returning from the Leman field to Bacton and the earlier one to G-ATCA, led to the withdrawl of the type from service with Bristow.
|1981||har10||wa363|| XP347 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.10, c/n WA363, ff: 08Feb62; del Royal Air Force as XP347, 06Mar62; w/o 03Jun81; wfu as 8688M, unk; scr Gutersloh, Germany, 1985. |
XP347 : noted in operational use at RAF Lossiemouth 22aug78
XP347 : 202 Sq, regular visitor to RAF station during Jul 1979
XP347 : Forced landing following tail rotor failure at Koksijde, while en route RAF Gutersloh.