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STEVEN JOHN KEARNS

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Birth Date:  May 18, 1951

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Race:  Caucasian

Religion:  Protestant - No Preference

U.S. Citizen:  Yes

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Marital Status:  Single

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Home of Record:  North Brookfield, Massachusetts

Service Branch:  Army                                 

Service Component:  Regular                      

Rank:  Specialist Five

Rank Abbrev:  SP5   

Pay Grade:  E5         

MOS:  67U2F            

MOS Title:  CH-47 Helicopter Repairer

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Southeast Asia Tour Data:

Date Tour Commenced: August 2, 1970

Major Command:  1st Aviation Brigade        

Air Assignment:

Air Group:  17th Aviation Group

Battalion:  10th Aviation Battalion          

Company:  243rd Aviation Company

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Casualty Date:  May 31, 1971

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Casualty Age:  20 

Casualty Data 1: Non-hostile, Died of Other Causes        

Casualty Data 2:  Air Loss, Crash on Land    

Casualty Data 3:  Helicopter - Crew              

Casualty Province:  Phu Yen

Casualty Country:  South Vietnam               

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Casualty Coordinates:  CO 252 345

Casualty Vehicle:  CH-47A Chinook serial number 64-13116

Aircraft Incident Data:  click here for Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association report

Body Recovered:  Yes 

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North Brookfieldís Fallen Casualty Order:  1st

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  3W  Line Number:  60


Helicopter CH-47A 64-13116

Information on U.S. Army helicopter CH-47A tail number 64-13116
The Army purchased this helicopter 0265
Total flight hours at this point: 00002346
Date: 05/31/71
Incident number: 710531061ACD Accident case number: 710531061 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 243 ASHC
This was a Accident incident.
This was an Operational Loss caused by an accident by Accident with the mission function of Logistics Cargo
The station for this helicopter was Dong Ba Thin in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: CQ247339
Casualties = YES . . Number killed in accident = 2 . . Injured = 4 . . Passengers = 1
Search and rescue operations were Not Required
costing 1035717
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory and Helicopter was recovered

Crew Members:
P W1 SCHEIB RA
IP W2 MOREE RO
CE E5 HOOD OF
G E4 MARTIN N
FE SP5 KEARNS STEVEN JOHN KIA

Passengers:
X2 PAK SW, , PX, KIA

Accident Summary:

ON 31 MAY 1971, AT 0818 HOURS, ARMY AIRCRAFT ^CH-47A^, SERIAL NUMBER ^64-13116^ DEPARTED DBT ENROUTE TO PHU HIEP, RVN ON A ROUTINE RE-SUPPLY MISSION IN SUPPORT OF THE ^28TH REGIMENT, 9TH ROKA INFANTRY DIVISION^. UPON STOPPING AT THE ^9TH DIVISION^ PAD IN NINH HOA, A SQUEAL WAS NOTED IN THE SAS SYSTEM, BUT AFTER RECYCLING THE SYSTEM THE SQUEAL DISAPPEARED, AND THE AIRCRAFT ON-LOADED 15 PASSENGERS. AIRCRAFT #116 CONTINUED ITS FLIGHT TO TUY HOA AAF, DROPPED OFF TWO PASSENGERS AND REFUELED AT THE CH-47 POL POINT. RETURNING TO THE ^28TH RCP^, THE AIRCRAFT DISCHARGED 15 PASSENGERS, PICKED UP THE KOREAN LIASON NCO, AND BEGAN ITS MISSION. AFTER HAULING FIVE SLINGLOADS OF SUPPLIES, AIRCRAFT ^#116^ RETURNED TO THE TUY HOA POL POINT FOR REFUELING, AND THEN CARRIED AN ADDITIONAL FIVE SLINGLOADS. RETURNING TO TUY HOA AT APPROXIMATELY 1230 HOURS, THE AIRCRAFT WAS AGAIN REFUELED FROM THE SAME POL POINT, AND THE CREW PREPARED TO RETURN TO PHU HIEP TO CARRY THE LAST TWO LOADS OF THE DAY. WITH ^WO1 SCHIEB^ AT THE CONTROLS, A HOVER CHECK WAS MADE WHICH INDICATED APPROXIMATELY 440 LBS OF TORQUE, AND ^WO1 SCHIEG^ THEN DEPARTED TO THE SOUTH ENROUTE TO PHU HIEP. WO1 ^SCHEIB^ MADE AN APPROACH TO A HOVER IN ALIGNMENT WITH THE LANDING STRIP AT THE RCP (160) AND HOVERED LEFT TO THE RESUPPLY PAD TO PICK UP THE LOAD. THE LOAD CONSISTED OF SEVERAL BOXES OF SUPPLIES (UNMARKED) A LOADED FUEL BLADDER, AND A LARGE WATER CONTAINER IN THREE SEPARATE SLING, WEIGHING A TOTAL OF APPROXIMATELY 6000 LBS. AFTER LIFTING THE THREE SLINGS (APPROXIMATELY 30' LONG) 40-50 FEET CLEAR OF THE GROUND, ^WO1 SCHEIB^ MADE A RIGHT PEDAL TURN TO ALIGN THE AIRCRAFT WITH THE TAKEOFF HEADING AND MAKE A HOVER CHECK. THE HOVER CHECK INDICATED THAT #1 ENGINE HAD 90.5% N1 AT 640 LBS OF TORQUE. ^WO1 SCHEIB^ THEN BEGAN THE TAKEOFF BY MAKING A SLIGHT CYCLIC/PEDAL TURN TO THE RIGHT AND THEN TO THE LEFT TO ALIGN THE AIRCRAFT WITH THE CLEARED PATH (240) WHICH IS NORMALLY USED FOR TAKEOFF TO AVOID BUILDINGS IN CASE OF A DROPPED LOAD. AS THE AIRCRAFT ENTERED TRANSLATIONAL LIFT AT APPROXIMATELY 20-30 KNOTS AND 100', THE #2 ENGINE FAILED, CAUSING THE ROTOR RPM TO DROP AND THE AIRCRAFT BEGAN TO SETTLE. ^CW2 MOREE^ TOOK CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT, NOTED THAT THE #2 ENGINE N1 DECREASED THROUGH 55%, AND INSTRUCTED THE FLIGHT ENGINEER TO RELEASE THE LOAD ^WO1 SCHEIB^ ALSO ACTIVATED HIS CYCLIC RELEASE BUTTON AT THIS TIME. THE LOAD DROPPED APPROXIMATELY 30 FEET TO THE GROUND, CAUSING THE FUEL AND WATER CONTAINER TO BURST. AT LOAD RELEASE (APPROXIMATELY 60' ALTITUDE), ^CW2 MOREE^ NOTED THE #1 ENGINE REACH 780 LBS OF TORQUE AND THEN DECREASE RAPIDLY. THE AIRCRAFT LURCHED SLIGHTLY FORWARD AND ASSUMED A NOSE HIGH ATTITUDE. ^CW2 MOREE^ WAS UNABLE TO LOWER THE THRUST CONTROL AND STATES THAT THE CYCLIC TRAVELED REARWARD IN THREE SHORT, RAPID MOVEMENTS TO THE FULL AFT POSITION AGAINST HIS CONTROL PRESSURES. WITH ROTOR RPM CONTINUING TO DETERIORATE, THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK A 9' HIGH SAND BERM WHICH WAS COVERED WITH CONCERTINA WIRE. THE LEFT AFT GEAR DUG AN 18" HOLE IN THE BERM, CAUSING THE GEAR STRUT UPPER ATTACHING POINT TO FAIL. SIMULTANEOUSLY, THE AFT ROTOR SYSTEM CONTACTED TWO FENCE POSTS ON THE BERM, CAUSING TWO 9' 6" SECTIONS FROM SEPARATE AFT BLADES TO SEPARATE FROM THE AIRCRAFT. THE AFT SECTION OF THE AIRCRAFT AGAIN BECAME AIRBORNE AND PIVOTED COUNTER-CLOCKWISE AROUND THE FORWARD ROTOR SYSTEM, WHICH WAS ALREADY IN CONTACT WITH THE GROUND. THE FUSELAGE OF THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED VERTICALLY ON ITS RIGHT SIDE ON THE INNER PERIMETER FENCE OF THE ^28TH RCP^, DETONATING AT LEAST ONE CLAYMORE MINE AND TWO TRIP FLARES. FIRE WAS INSTANTANEOUS ON IMPACT OF THE AFT SECTION. THE PILOT EXITED THROUGH THE RIGHT COCKPIT JETTISONABLE DOOR WHICH HAD OPENED ON IMPACT, FOLLOWED BY THE INSTRUCTOR PILOT AND THE CREWCHIEF. THE GUNNER EXITED EITHER THROUGH THIS DOOR OR THE RIGHT CHIN BUBBLE. THE FLIGHT ENGINEER, WHO WAS IN THE VICINITY OF THE BOTTOM HATCH, AND THE KOREAN LIASON NCO, WHO WAS SITTING IN A TROOP SEAT BESIDE THE HATCH, WERE THROWN TOWARDS THE REAR OF THE AIRCRAFT WHEN IT ENTERED THE NOSE-HIGH CONFIGURATION, AND WERE NOT SEEN BY ANY MEMBER OF THE CREW AFTER IMPACT. AFTER CLEARING THE AIRCRAFT, THE INSTRUCTOR PILOT IMMEDIATELY WENT TO A PHONE AND NOTIFIED ^268TH AVIATION BATTALION^ OPERATIONS AND PROCURED MEDEVAC ASSISTANCE. THE FIRE CONSUMED THE ENTIRE AIRCRAFT WITHIN FIVE MINUTES.\\

This record was last updated on 11/21/98


The following is crew member information for this incident:


Name: SP5 Steven John Kearns
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/31/1971 while performing the duty of Flight Engineer.
Age at death: 20.0
Date of Birth: 05/18/1951
Home City: N Brookfield, MA
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 243 ASHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 03W-060
Short Summary: Crashed while carrying a sling because of engine failure.
Aircraft: CH-47A tail number 64-13116
SSN: 016429801
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67U = CH-47 Helicopter Repairer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: not a crew member
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 08/02/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: non-hostile missing - P I D
Length of service: *
Location: Phu Yen Province II Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: CO252345
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 03/06/2004

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Name: X2 S. W. Pak
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/31/71 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Service: Unknown service.
Service: Unknown service.
Aircraft: CH-47A tail number 64-13116
Country: South Vietnam
This record was last updated on 03/05/94


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter CH-47A tail number 64-13116
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 0265.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6610  64  542 WAAWB0 COB 228ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6611  33  575 WAAWB0 COB 228ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6612  24  599 WAAWB0 COB 228ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6701  27  626 WAAWB0 COB 228ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6702  36  662 WAAWB0 COB 228ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6703  32  694 WAAWB0 COB 228ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6704  49  743 WAAWB0 COB 228ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6705  26  769 WAAWB0 COB 228ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6706  15  784 WAAWB0 COB 228ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6707   0  784 3478   USARV FLT DET    VIETNAM                     RVN
6708   0  784 3478   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6709  18  802 WAAWA0 COA 228ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6710  66  868 WAAWA0 COA 228ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6711  45  913 WAAWA0 COA 228ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6712  92 1005 WAAWA0 COA 228ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6801   0 1005 WAAWA0 COA 228ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6802 131 1136 WAAWA0 COA 228ABAH1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6803  21 1157 3261   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6804   0 1157 3261   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6805   7 1164 3261   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6806   0 1164 WC5GAA 610 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
6807   0 1164 WC5GAA 610 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
6808   0 1164 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6809   0 1164 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6810   0 1164 W0Y6AA INTRANSIT        IN TRANSIT                  AVCOMCTR
6811   0 1164 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6812   0 1164 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6901   0 1164 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6902  16 1180 WC5LAA 180 AVN CO 10AV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6903 109 1289 WC5LAA 180 AVN CO 10AV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6904  39 1328 WC5LAA 180 AVN CO 10AV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6905   2 1330 WC5LAA 180 AVN CO 10AV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6906  57 1387 WC5LAA 180 AVN CO 10AV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6907  69 1456 WC5LAA 180 AVN CO 10AV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6908 107 1563 WC5LAA 180 AVN CO 10AV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6909  93 1656 WC5LAA 180 AVN CO 10AV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6910  62 1718 WC5LAA 180 AVN CO 10AV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6911  38 1756 WC5LAA 180 AVN CO 10AV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6912   1 1757 WC5LAA 180 AVN CO 10AV  VIETNAM                     RVN
7001  25 1782 WC5LAA 180 ASHC 17 AVN  VIETNAM                     RVN
7002  61 1843 WC5LAA 180 ASHC 17 AVN  VIETNAM                     RVN
7003   2 1845 WDYEAA 243 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7004  78 1923 WDYEAA 243 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7005  20 1943 WDYEAA 243 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7006  47 1990 WDYEAA 243 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7007  50 2040 WDYEAA 243 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7008   9 2049 WDYEAA 243 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7009  63 2112 WDYEAA 243 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7010  24 2136 WDYEAA 243 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7011  79 2215 WDYEAA 243 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7012  23 2238 WDYEAA 243 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
7101  50 2288 WDYEAA 243 ASHC         VIETNAM                     RVN
7102  40 2328 WDYEAA 243 ASHC         VIETNAM                     RVN
7103   0 2328 WC5EAA 608 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN
7104   0 2328 WC5EAA A BTRY 4 77 ART  VIETNAM                     RVN
7105  18 2346 WDYEAA 243 ASHC         VIETNAM                     RVN

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