Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2014
Status:
Date:Sunday 15 July 1962
Type:Fairchild C-123B-17-FA Provider
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 56-4366
C/n / msn: 20250
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:24 km (15 mls) S of Ban Me Thuot (   Vietnam)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS), Vietnam
Destination airport:Buon Me Thuot (Ban Me Thuot)-Phung-Duc Airport (BMV/VVBM), Vietnam
Narrative:
The Provider was descending through a cloud cover over mountainous terrain. Low ceiling forced the crew to climb but the airplane flew into a wooded hillside. All four crew members survived with minor injuries.

Classification:
Low visibility
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Vietnam Air Losses : United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fixed-wing aircraft losses in Southeast Asia 1961-1973 / Chris Hobson
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher


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Distance from Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Buon Me Thuot (Ban Me Thuot)-Phung-Duc Airport as the crow flies is 259 km (162 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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