Accident Bell AH-1F Cobra , Tuesday 20 October 1987
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Date:Tuesday 20 October 1987
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
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Hendungen (Rhön-Grabfeld) (Bayern), near -   Germany
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
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.


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


Photo (c) Jim Reardon

Revision history:

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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