69-17120, Boeing build number B-635, was a CH-47C helicopter. The U.S. Army acceptance date was 28 September 1970. 69-17120 accumulated 88.0 aircraft hours. At some point, 69-17120 was assigned to the 178th Assault Support Helicopter Company (ASHC) - "Boxcars" in the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) and remained there until it was lost due to an accident. Near FSB Mary Ann, the aircraft experienced a power loss in both engines causing a severe yawing action. Of the 40 heavily armed soldiers of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) sitting in the rear, some were unable to hold on, or decided to try their luck jumping when they were close to the ground. The last known location of 69-17120 was in the Republic of Vietnam. Aircraft status: Crashed.


CH-47C 69-17120, lost in the jungles of Vietnam.


CH-47C 69-17120's final resting place at the bottom of the hill where Fire Support Base (FSB) Mary Ann was located in the Republic of Vietnam. In the center of the picture, the forward pylon can be seen resting on it's right side.


Another CH-47 can be seen in this photograph parked to the left of Fire Support Base (FSB) Mary Ann on the hill above the still smoking crash site of 69-17120.



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