Narrative:The Fleet Airborne Reconnaissance Sqdn One (VQ-1) EC-121K crashed while landing with the no. 3 engine out/feathered while returning from Tainan
|Date:||Monday 16 March 1970|
Lockheed EC-121K Super Constellation
|Operator:||United States Navy|
|C/n / msn:|| 5508|
|First flight:|| 1958|
|Crew:||Fatalities: / Occupants: |
|Passengers:||Fatalities: / Occupants: |
|Total:||Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 28 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Da Nang Airport (DAD) ( Vietnam)
|Crash site elevation:|| 10 m (33 feet) amsl |
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Departure airport:||Tainan Airport (TNN/RCNN), Taiwan|
|Destination airport:||Da Nang Airport (DAD/VVDN), Vietnam|
The aircraft stalled, crashed and cartwheeled into a USAF hangar area of airfield and broke into three pieces: cockpit and fuselage forward of the wing slid into revetment wall and burned; center section crashed upside down into a street and burned; the tail section landed on a softball field. One man (tail section) walked away unscathed, the four other survivors (center section) were gravely injured.
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Tainan Airport to Da Nang Airport as the crow flies is 1464 km (915 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.