Accident description
Last updated: 1 November 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 16 June 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-65-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Aigle Azur
Registration: F-BEST
C/n / msn: 19100
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 29
Total:Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 34
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Phou-Lassi Hill (   Laos) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Vientiane-Wattay Airport (VTE/VLVT), Laos
Destination airport:Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS), Vietnam
Narrative:
Crashed after fire; wreckage found June 29.

Sources:
» ICAO Circular 39-AN/34 (170)


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Distance from Vientiane-Wattay Airport to Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport as the crow flies is 905 km (566 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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Douglas DC-3

  • 1936th loss
  • ca 13.000 built
  • 2nd worst accident (at the time)
  • 16th worst accident (currently)
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