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Accident description
Last updated: 25 October 2016
Date:Monday 16 August 1954
Type:Silhouette image of generic B170 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol 170 Freighter 21E
Operator:Air Vietnam
Registration: F-VNAI
C/n / msn: 12809
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 46 / Occupants: 51
Total:Fatalities: 47 / Occupants: 55
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Pakse (   Laos)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Hanoi (unknown airport), Vietnam
Destination airport:Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS), Vietnam
The Bristol was evacuating people from the Red River delta to Saigon when it crashed into the tributary of the Mekong River while approaching Pakse for an emergency landing due to engine problems.

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