5040th Helicopter Squadron
Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
07 December 1974
An USAF HH-3E assigned to the 5040th Helicopter Squadron at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, crewed by 1st Lt. Edward Solomon (P), 1st Lt. Tim Mason (CP), Sgt. Flanner (FE), Shorty Mutchler (PJ) and SSgt. Dave Headley (RS), crashed at Portage Pass, about 45 miles south east of Anchorage, Alaska, while attempting to land at a small plane crash site. As the HH-3E came to a hover it encountered a 'white out' condition and it crashed, drifting backwards, with the impact causing the rotor blades to chop through the cockpit, killing Lt. Solomon. The remaining crew members were rescued.
Thomas Hooper email 07 March 2016