Crash at Kien Long, 19 December 1970 - A crew from Det 3 took off from Binh Thuy headed home to Song Ong Doc in a newly refurbished Army Helo. They crashed near Kien Long. We went on a search and rescue mission but there had been no survivors of the crash. They had gone down inverted.
It would be almost a year before the truth of what happened would be learned. Another crash which happened just like the Det. 3 ship happened when the main rotor came apart in flight. The Seawolf helos were refurbished Army helos. Part of the refurbishment called for the rotor blades to be replaced. After an intense investigation it was learned that during this refurbishment the shell of the blade was removed by using a hacksaw to cut it. This could crease the interior of the blade causing it to fracture under stress.
- Jack C Loan Collection, The Vietnam Archive
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