Accident description
Last updated: 22 August 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 22 December 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6B
Operator:Air Vietnam
Registration: B-2005
C/n / msn: 44694/558
First flight: 1955
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 70
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 77
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 24
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Nha Trang Airport (NHA) (   Vietnam) show on map
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS), Vietnam
Destination airport:Nha Trang Airport (NHA/VVNT), Vietnam
Narrative:
An explosion occurred while descending for Nha Trang Airport. A 1,5m hole was blown in the fuselage near the port cabin washroom (slightly ahead of the engines). The hydraulic system failed, so the undercarriage was lowered by gravity. After a low level pass to check the landing gear, a nose high flapless approach was made. The DC-6 touched down at the threshold, but became airborne again on application of reverse thrust. The throttles were closed and the aircraft landed again, but overran the runway, striking a concrete pylon and dwellings. A fire broke out.


Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» Sarasota Journal - Dec 22, 1969


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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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