Accident Bell UH-1N-BF 69-6644, Monday 9 January 1984
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Date:Monday 9 January 1984
Type:Silhouette image of generic B212 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bell UH-1N-BF
Owner/operator:20th SOS /1st OWg USAF
Registration: 69-6644
MSN: 31050
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 9
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Nassau -   Bahamas
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Crashed in sea during drug-traffic flight. Search for missing five occupants abandoned after four days.9 January 1984 - A Bell UH-1N-BF, 69-6644, of the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, crashes during a deployment to the Bahamas on an Operation Bahamas and Turks (Operation BAT) drug interdiction mission, killing three of the four crewmen aboard. Aircraft suffered a two engine failure and crashed at sea off of Nassau, Bahamas. Staff Sergeant Paul B. Cartter was seriously injured. Wreckage of this Huey was detected on the sea bottom during the search for wreckage of the space shuttle Challenger.

Dead in the crash were:
Capt. Dyke H. Whitbeck
1st Lt. Thomas L. Hamby
S/Sgt. Edgardo L. Acha

Whitbeck Street, Hamby Place, and Acha Drive at Hurlburt Field were named for these personnel.


El Siglo de Torreon 14 January 1984, p8

Revision history:

15-Jan-2014 21:14 Alpine Flight Added
09-May-2014 17:34 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Location]
20-May-2014 16:52 TB Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
28-Oct-2015 20:14 rab1983 Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Nature, Source, Narrative]
25-Jan-2020 15:37 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Source, Operator]
03-Jul-2020 08:50 MIG29 Updated [Operator, Operator]
14-Jan-2021 16:16 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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