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Last updated: 15 November 2018
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Date:Friday 27 November 1970
Time:ca 13:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic C123 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild C-123K Provider
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 55-4574
C/n / msn: 20235
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 73 / Occupants: 73
Total:Fatalities: 79 / Occupants: 79
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:25 km (15.6 mls) SW of Nha Trang Airport (NHA) (   Vietnam)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS), Vietnam
Destination airport:Nha Trang Airport (NHA/VVNT), Vietnam
Narrative:
Weather was poor with a broken overcast at 2000 feet and 1500 m visibility. The C-123 was en route to Nha Trang Air Base when it struck trees on a ridge at an elevation of 4600 feet (1402 m), some 500 feet below the top. The wreckage was found nine days after the accident.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Military aviation disasters : significant losses since 1908 / D. Gero, 1999
» Vietnam Air Losses : United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fixed-wing aircraft losses in Southeast Asia 1961-1973 / Chris Hobson


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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 Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Nha Trang Airport as the crow flies is 316 km (198 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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Fairchild C-123

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  • 65th loss
  • 33rd fatal accident
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