Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 20 December 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 5 February 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas EC-47Q
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 45-1133
C/n / msn: 34403/17136
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2000-4
Crew:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:55 km (34.4 mls) ESE of Saravane (   Laos) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Pleiku Airport (PXU/VVPK), Vietnam
Destination airport:Hue-Phu Bai Airport (HUI/VVPB), Vietnam
Narrative:
The EC-47Q operated on a radio direction finding mission to locate enemy forces on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The airplane crashed after being hit by ground fire. The wreckage was located on May 16, 1969.

Sources:
» US Crashes 1950-2002 / Jan van Waarde
» Vietnam Air Losses : United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fixed-wing aircraft losses in Southeast Asia 1961-1973 / Chris Hobson
» ec47.com


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Distance from Pleiku Airport to Hue-Phu Bai Airport as the crow flies is 267 km (167 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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