Helicopter Accidents

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UH-1N Nassau, Bahamas 9 Jan 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.

Killed 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.

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