Narrative:On March 8,1965, 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 nr.2 engine. The pilot made a forced landing and all crew members survived. Subsequently three crew were killed in a firefight with Vietcong.
|Date:||09 MAR 1966|
|Type:||Douglas AC-47D Spooky|
|Operator:||United States Air Force - USAF|
|C/n / msn:|| 15874/32622|
|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:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||8 km (5 mls) from A Shau Special Forces Camp (Vietnam)
|Phase:|| Maneuvering (MNV)|
|Departure airport:||Da Nang Airport (DAD/VVDN), Vietnam|
|Destination airport:||Da Nang Airport (DAD/VVDN), Vietnam|
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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.