Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 23 September 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 6 March 1968
Type:Fairchild C-123K Provider
Operator:Vietnam Air Force
Registration: 54-0590
C/n / msn: 20039
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 44
Total:Fatalities: 49 / Occupants: 49
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1,6 km (1 mls) S of Khe Sanh (   Vietnam) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Hue-Phu Bai Airport (HUI/VVPB), Vietnam
Destination airport:Khe Sanh, Vietnam
Narrative:
The Provider transport plane was delivering troops and spare parts to the base at Khe Sanh. The pilot had to abort the approach because a light aircraft was still on the runway. While circling for another approach, the airplane was hit by ground fire. The pilot lost control and the airplane spiralled to the ground, killing all 49 on board.

Classification:
Shot down from the ground
Loss of control

Sources:
» 91 North Vietnam Troops Killed In DMZ Fighting (The Times Recorder March 07, 1968)
» Vietnam Air Losses : United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fixed-wing aircraft losses in Southeast Asia 1961-1973 / Chris Hobson


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Distance from Hue-Phu Bai Airport to Khe Sanh as the crow flies is 107 km (67 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.
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