Accident description
Last updated: 19 April 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 24 August 1965
Type:Lockheed KC-130F Hercules
Operator:United States Marine Corps
Registration: 149802
C/n / msn: 3693
First flight: 1962
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants: 65
Total:Fatalities: 59 / Occupants: 71
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG) (   Hong Kong) show on map
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG/VHHH), Hong Kong
Destination airport:Da Nang Airport (DAD/VVDN), Vietnam
Narrative:
The Hercules was flying U.S. marines back to Vietnam after a rest and relaxation leave in Hong Kong. The airplane was bound for Da Nang Air Base and Saigon. Shortly after lifting off the runway, the airplane veered left, struck a sea wall and crashed into the water about 40 feet off an industrial suburb on Hong Kong Island.
The nr.1 engine was delivering only partial power during takeoff.


Events:

Sources:
» Crash Kills 58 Servicemen (The Edwardsville Intelligencer Tuesday, August 24, 1965)
» 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 Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport to Da Nang Airport as the crow flies is 935 km (584 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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