The members of the Accident Investigation Board were initially
notified of the accident at 1600 hours on 28 February 1968 at Can Tho
Airfield, Republic of Vietnam. LTC Floyd Eberhard, 307th Combat
Aviation Battalion, APO San Francisco 96296; Major Marvin L. McDonald
Jr, 502nd TC Detachment, APO San Francisco 96215; Captain Sawyer, 13th
Combat Aviation Flight Surgeon; and 1LT Rodric A. Storrs, 235th Armed
Helicopter Company, APO San Francisco 96215, proceeded to the accident
and arrived there at 1800 hours, 28 February 1968.
The aircraft involved in this accident was an OV-1C, Mohawk, serial
number 61-2709, assigned to the 244th Surveillance Airplane Company,
Can Tho Airfield. The aircraft was totally destroyed. The
following personnel were involved in the accident:
GRADE ARMED FORCE INJURIES
POPKIN, Steven J. CPT
A/O DOYLE, Joseph C. CPT
The accident occurred at approximately 1520
hours, 28 February 1968, at coordinates XS263797, approximately 15
kilometers southeast of Moc Hoa, Dinh Tuong Province, Republic of
C. DESCRIPTION OF THE ACCIDENT
The United States Army OV-1C, Mohawk, took off from Can Tho Airfield
at 1249 hours, 28 February 1968, on a preplanned visual reconnaissance
mission and was due for a direct return to Can Tho Airfield.
When last seen by CIDG soldiers located at a special forces camp, at
coordinates XS280776, the OV-1 circled the camp at an estimated
altitude of 2,000 feet. The aircraft then proceeded in a
northwesterly direction for approximately two kilometers, and was
observed making a turn to the left, in a diving attitude.
Witnesses stated that the aircraft was not on fire at the time.
From the pattern of debris at the accident scene the aircraft was
traveling at a rate of speed higher than normal, and hit in a flat
attitude, or washing configuration. The initial impact point was
in a three to five feet deep streambed. The wreckage was spread
in a linear path, moving northeast of the impact area and extending
for approximately 155 meters. There is no indication from
navigational facilities, or other aircraft in the area, that the pilot
used the emergency position on the transponder, or verbally
transmitted a distress or mayday call.