Narrative:On December 24,1965, at 07:28 hours, a Douglas AC-47D gunship, call sign "Spooky 21," departed Da Nang Airport (DAD) on an armed reconnaissance/strike mission over Laos. The gunship was due to return to base at approximately 13:30 hours. Mayday calls were received at 10:50. A search and rescue mission failed to find the airplane or crew. The crew was declared Missing In Action.
|Date:||Friday 24 December 1965|
Douglas AC-47D Spooky
|Operator:||United States Air Force - USAF|
|C/n / msn:|| 17123/34390|
|First flight:|| 1945|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||ca 10 km WSW of Ban Solou (Laos)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Departure airport:||Da Nang Airport (DAD/VVDN), Vietnam|
|Destination airport:||Da Nang Airport (DAD/VVDN), Vietnam|
In 1995, a joint U.S.-Laotian search team was led to the crash site by a local farmer who had found aircraft wreckage in a nearby field. The site was recommended for follow-up visits, but no human remains were found in four subsequent visits between 1999 and 2001.
Additional searches at the crash site in 2010 and 2011 led to the recovery of human remains, personal items, and military equipment.
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» Six Airmen Lost Over Laos in 1965 Buried at Arlington (ABC News, 9-7-2012)
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Distance from Da Nang Airport to Da Nang Airport as the crow flies is 0 km (0 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.