Accident Bell AH-1F Cobra , Tuesday 20 October 1987
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Date:Tuesday 20 October 1987
Time:15:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic HUCO model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bell AH-1F Cobra
Owner/operator:United States Army Aviation
Registration:
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Hendungen (Rhön-Grabfeld) (Bayern), near -   Germany
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
Aircraft tail rotor and tail rotor gear box departed aircraft during cruise flight while on training mission along East German border. Failure was caused by fracture of the tail rotor yoke. Investigation revealed that tail rotor yoke was involved in sudden stoppage incident on another aircraft. Tail rotor yoke was inspected, deemed airworthy, and subsequently installed on aircraft 16411. Microscopic fracture in metal was undetected during inspection and over time weakened leading to failure.

Sources:

Hamburger Abendblatt 21 October 1987
Stars and Stripes newspaper article, 21 October 1987
Flightfax article

Images:


Photo (c) Jim Reardon

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Feb-2018 17:45 TB Added
20-Feb-2019 17:09 harro Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Phase, Source, Narrative, Photo]
20-Feb-2019 17:12 harro Updated [Source]
28-Oct-2019 21:26 Uli Elch Updated [Location]

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