Narrative:The U.S. base at Khe Sanh was being resupplied with ammunition and fuel. One of the aircraft involved in the resupply mission was a USMC KC-130F Hercules, 149813. The airplane carried a load of flamethrowers and some rubber bladders filled with jet fuel.
|Date:||Saturday 10 February 1968|
|Type:||Lockheed KC-130F Hercules|
|Operator:||United States Marine Corps|
|C/n / msn:|| 3719|
|First flight:|| 1962|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 6|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5|
|Total:||Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 11 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Khe Sanh (Vietnam)
|Phase:|| Landing (LDG)|
|Departure airport:||Da Nang Airport (DAD/VVDN), Vietnam|
|Destination airport:||Khe Sanh, Vietnam|
The airplane was on finals the Khe Sanh when it was hit by .50 calibre gunfire. Engine nr.3 caught fire and a fuel bladder was hit. It ruptured and the fuel caught fire. Trailing fire, the pilot managed to land at Khe Sanh. The fuel bladders exploded into flames after touchdown. Just three crew members managed to escape the burning plane.
» Vietnam Air Losses : United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fixed-wing aircraft losses in Southeast Asia 1961-1973 / Chris Hobson
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Da Nang Airport to Khe Sanh as the crow flies is 170 km (106 miles).
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.