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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
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Date:Tuesday 25 January 1966
Type:Silhouette image of generic C123 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild C-123K Provider
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 54-0702
C/n / msn: 20151
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 42 / Occupants: 42
Total:Fatalities: 46 / Occupants: 46
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:9 km (5.6 mls) E of An Khe (   Vietnam)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:An Khe Air Base, Vietnam
Destination airport:Bong Son Landing Zone, Vietnam
Narrative:
The C-123 carried 42 U.S. Army troops and a load of ammunition and grenades. It was raining and the cloud ceiling was at just 300 feet when the transport plane took off from An Khe. Shortly after takeoff the airplane flew into a hillside. Reportedly the airplane hade suffered a no. 2 engine fire just prior to impacting the hillside.

Sources:
» 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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