Accident description
Last updated: 23 April 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 22 May 1961
Time:04:48 UTC
Type:Boeing S.307 Stratoliner
Operator:Aigle Azur Extrême Orient
Registration: F-BHHR
C/n / msn: 1995
First flight: 1939-05-19 (22 years )
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 24
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 28
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Saigon-Tan-Son-Nhat Airport (SGN) (   Vietnam)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS), Vietnam
Destination airport:Vientiane-Wattay Airport (VTE/VLVT), Laos
Narrative:
The Boeing Stratoliner departed Saigon at 03:40 GMT for an IFR flight to Vientiane. At 04:10 GMT the aircraft returned to Saigon with the no. 4 engine shut down. A runway 25 overshoot was made due to suddenly deteriorating weather (visibility declining from 500-1000m to 50-80m). A violent squall blew the plane to the right causing it to strike the ground and crash.

Sources:
» Air Pictorial 2/66 p.56,10/65 p.355
» Boeing S-307/C-75 Stratoliner production list / G. Goodall


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Distance from Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Vientiane-Wattay Airport as the crow flies is 906 km (566 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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