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Accident description
Last updated: 29 November 2015
Date:Sunday 20 October 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47D
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 45-934
C/n / msn: 34196/16937
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 23
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:32 km (20 mls) S of Ban Me Thuot (   Vietnam)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS), Vietnam
Destination airport:Da Nang Airport (DAD/VVDN), Vietnam
A C-47 transport plane was flying military personnel from Saigon to Hong Kong with an en route stop at Da Nang. While flying near Ban Me Thuot the nr.2 engine failed. The crew were not able to feather the prop and attempted to reach Ban Me Thuot. The airplane struck terrain in poor weather.

» 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 Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Da Nang Airport as the crow flies is 601 km (376 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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