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Last updated: 14 November 2018
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Date:Saturday 20 September 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54D-10-DC (DC-4)
Operator:Air Vietnam
Registration: XV-NUG
C/n / msn: 10860
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 69 / Occupants: 70
Total:Fatalities: 74 / Occupants: 75
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) NW of Da Nang Airport (DAD) (   Vietnam)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Pleiku Airport (PXU/VVPK), Vietnam
Destination airport:Da Nang Airport (DAD/VVDN), Vietnam
Narrative:
The Air Vietnam DC-4 was approaching Da Nang (DAD) following a flight from Pleiku. At the same time, a US Air Force F-4 Phantom was returning to Da Nang from a strike mission. The Phantom came in above passenger plane and the fighter's left wing touched the right wing of the airliner. Part of the DC-4's wing broke off. The crew lost control and the airplane crashed on a plowed field, killing two persons working on the field.

Classification:
Mid air collision
Loss of control

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Distance from Pleiku Airport to Da Nang Airport as the crow flies is 226 km (141 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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