Narrative:The EC-47 departed on a Radio Direction Finding (RDF) mission out of Phu Cat, Vietnam. Problems with the Doppler navigation system forced the pilot to return to Phu Cat to get it fixed. The weather radar also had a malfunction but the crew were told to carry out their mission and return before darkness.
|Date:||Wednesday 8 October 1969|
|Operator:||United States Air Force - USAF|
|C/n / msn:|| 26361/14916|
|First flight:|| 1944|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6 |
|Airplane damage:|| Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||30 km (18.8 mls) SE of Phu Cat Air Base (UIH) ( Vietnam)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Departure airport:||Phu Cat Air Base (UIH/VVPC), Vietnam|
|Destination airport:||Phu Cat Air Base (UIH/VVPC), Vietnam|
Weather quickly deteriorated, forcing the pilot again to return to the air base. However, while heading towards the base, the crew lost the attitude indicators. During a GCA approach radio contact was also lost. The airplane crashed, killing all on board. The wreckage was located October 12.
» 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
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.