Accident description
Last updated: 23 July 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 16 April 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-75-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Aigle Azur
Registration: F-BESS
C/n / msn: 19498
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 27
Total:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 30
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:150 km (93.8 mls) NW of Hanoi (   Vietnam) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Hanoi-Gia Lam Airport (VVGL), Vietnam
Destination airport:Son-La-Na-San Airport (SQH), Vietnam
Narrative:
The DC-3, on a military charted flight to Na San, lost a wing soon after takeoff and crashed.

Sources:
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 55)


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Distance from Hanoi-Gia Lam Airport to Son-La-Na-San Airport as the crow flies is 192 km (120 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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