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The following is an excerpt from an accident report regarding an OV-1C airplane accident that occurred on February 28, 1968, in Vietnam.

A. GENERAL

          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.         

B. IDENTIFICATION

          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:

DUTY  NAME                      GRADE    ARMED FORCE   INJURIES

A/C      POPKIN, Steven J.   CPT          Army                      Fatal
A/O      DOYLE, Joseph C.   CPT          Army                      Fatal

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 Vietnam.

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.

 


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