Accident description
Last updated: 19 December 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 11 December 1965
Time:ca 15:00
Type:Fairchild C-123B-18-FA Provider
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 56-4376
C/n / msn: 20260
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 81 / Occupants: 81
Total:Fatalities: 85 / Occupants: 85
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:32 km (20 mls) W of Tuy Hoa (   Vietnam) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Pleiku Airport (PXU/VVPK), Vietnam
Destination airport:Tuy Hoa Airport (TBB), Vietnam
Narrative:
The C-123B contacted trees on a ridge line and entered a spin, crashing 1000 feet below. The ridge line had an elevation of about 4000 feet and was probably barely visible with low ceilings between 50 and 1000 feet and rain showers.
The airplane carried a U.S. crew of four, without a navigator, and 81 South Vietnamese paratroopers.


Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» US Crashes 1950-2002 / Jan van Waarde
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher
» Military aviation disasters : significant losses since 1908 / D. Gero, 1999
» 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 Pleiku Airport to Tuy Hoa Airport as the crow flies is 177 km (110 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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