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Last updated: 18 November 2018
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Date:Sunday 29 November 1970
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: 54-0649
C/n / msn: 20098
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 39
Total:Fatalities: 42 / Occupants: 44
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:24 km (15 mls) SW of Cam Ranh (   Vietnam)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Phan Rang Air Base (PHA/VVPR), Vietnam
Destination airport:Cam Ranh Airport (VVCR), Vietnam
Narrative:
The Provider crashed into the jungle while on a trooping flight between Phan Rang and Cam Rang, Vietnam. It struck high ground at an altitude of 2700 feet in thick cloud.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» 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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Distance from Phan Rang Air Base to Cam Ranh Airport as the crow flies is 51 km (32 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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