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Last updated: 17 November 2018
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Date:Thursday 30 November 1967
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada C-7B Caribou
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 62-4175
C/n / msn: 116
First flight: 1963
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 26
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) S of Qui Nhon Airport (UIH) (   Vietnam)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Pleiku Airport (PXU/VVPK), Vietnam
Destination airport:Qui Nhon Airport (UIH/VVQN), Vietnam
Narrative:
As the C-7 Caribou approached Qui Nhon, the pilot was advised that the weather at the airfield had fallen below safety minima. He decided to proceed to Nha Trang where the weather was better but the aircraft hit a mountain at 1,850 feet. Visibility had decreased due to the presence of low clouds and rain.

Sources:
» Scramble 263
» Los Angeles Times (Dec 5, 1967)


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Distance from Pleiku Airport to Qui Nhon Airport as the crow flies is 131 km (82 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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.
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DHC-4 Caribou

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