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Accident description
Last updated: 20 April 2018
Date:Tuesday 4 October 1966
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada CV-2B Caribou
Operator:United States Army
Registration: 63-9751
C/n / msn: 209
First flight: 1964
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 28
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 32
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:W of An Khe (   Vietnam)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Hammond Landing Zone, Vietnam
Destination airport:An Khe Air Base, Vietnam
The Caribou was on a routine passenger run from Hammond to An Khe AAF, and the crew had started their GCA approach when the radar operator lost them and told them to execute a go-around. The pilots added power, but it was too late: the airplane struck Hong Kong Mountain and crashed.

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