Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 17 April 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 23 March 1961
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas TC-47B-25-DK
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 44-76330
C/n / msn: 15914/32662
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 8
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:6,4 km (4 mls) NW Phon Savan (   Laos)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Vientiane-Wattay Airport (VTE/VLVT), Laos
Destination airport:Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS), Vietnam
Narrative:
The TC-47 operated on an intelligence flight from Vientiane, Laos, to Saigon, Vietnam. En route it was shot down by Pathet Lao AAA or small-arms fire.
Seven crew members were killed in the accident, one survived. He was captured by Pathet Lao and kept as a POW.


Events:


Sources:
» Vietnam Air Losses : United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fixed-wing aircraft losses in Southeast Asia 1961-1973 / Chris Hobson


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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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