Narrative:The Caribou transport aircraft, carrying Lao military forces to a forward position, was making a normal landing approach when an obstruction was sighted on the runway. The pilot initiated a go-around but the left engine failed to respond and the aircraft's left wing contacted the ground causing the aircraft to pancake into
|Date:||Friday 4 February 1972|
|Type:||de Havilland Canada C-7A Caribou|
|C/n / msn:|| 51|
|First flight:|| |
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 34|
|Total:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 38 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Pha Khao (Laos)
|Phase:|| Landing (LDG)|
|Departure airport:||Ban Xon Airstrip, Laos|
|Destination airport:||Pha Khao Airstrip, Laos|
One Lao Air Freight Specialist and one Lao military passenger were killed.
The Caribou, which had been leased from the US Air Force (serial 61-2393), sustained major damage and, after the recovery of several components, was abandoned at the crash site.
» DeHavilland Caribou Roster
» The aircraft of Air America / by Dr. Joe F. Leeker
» Air America Aircraft Incident Report for the Month of February 1972 / CIA
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.