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Accident description
Last updated: 25 November 2016
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Date:Tuesday 5 May 1964
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada CV-2B Caribou
Operator:United States Army
Registration: 61-2593
C/n / msn: 71
First flight: 1962
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Tan Hiep (   Vietnam)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Tan Hiep Air Base, Vietnam
Destination airport:Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS), Vietnam
Narrative:
Crashed in a rice paddy shortly after takeoff.
The crew experienced the failure of the no. 1 engine during departure from Tan Hiep Air Base. The crew then turned the aircraft into the feathered engine in an attempt to return to the airstrip. The left wing stalled and the aircraft rolled inverted and crashed before a recovery could be completed.


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DHC-4 Caribou

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