65-07973, Boeing build number B-145, was a CH-47A helicopter. The U.S. Army acceptance date was 15 December 1965. The administrative strike date was 22 March 1972. 65-07973 accumulated 2,455.0 aircraft hours.

   At some point, 65-07973 was assigned to the 271st Assault Support Helicopter Company (ASHC) - "Innkeepers", in the Republic of Vietnam (RVN), and remained there until it was lost due to an accident.

   On 22 March 1972, the Aircraft Commander of 65-07973 reported to tower that a chip light had illuminated on the Number One Engine and was shutting the engine down. The aircraft was observed to descend, flare abruptly, level off and then drop straight down. The aircraft impacted the ground with a very high "G" force.

   The last known location of 65-07973 was in the Republic of Vietnam.

   Aircraft status: Crashed.



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