ASN logo
Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:
Date:Wednesday 9 March 1966
Time:ca 13:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas AC-47D Spooky
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 44-76290
C/n / msn: 32622/15874
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:8 km (5 mls) from A Shau Special Forces Camp (   Vietnam)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Da Nang Airport (DAD/VVDN), Vietnam
Destination airport:Da Nang Airport (DAD/VVDN), Vietnam
Narrative:
On March 9,1966, a Douglas AC-47D gunship, call sign "Spooky 70," departed Da Nang Airport (DAD) on a close air support mission for the A Shau Special Forces Camp, Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam. When the gunship was approximately 2 miles south of the Special Forces Camp, the pilot initiated a left hand turn to position the aircraft for a firing pass. At the same time the Vietcong forces opened up with anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) fire and hit the airplane several times in the no. 2 engine. The pilot made a forced landing and all crew members survived. Subsequently three crew were killed in a firefight with Vietcong.

Classification:
Shot down from the ground
Forced landing outside airport

Sources:
» US Crashes 1950-2002 / Jan van Waarde
» AC-47D Gunships Homepage > AC-47 Spooky Crew Losses


Photos

Add your photo of this accident or aircraft

Map

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
languages: languages

Share