Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 18 April 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 30 March 1972
Type:Lockheed AC-130E Hercules
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 69-6571
C/n / msn: 4345
First flight: 1969
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 15
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 15
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:21 km (13.1 mls) S of Saravane (   Laos)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Ubon Ratchathani RTAFB (UBP/VTUU), Thailand
Destination airport:Ubon Ratchathani RTAFB (UBP/VTUU), Thailand
Narrative:
The AC-130E gunship was attacking a convoy of trucks on the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos. During the attack it was struck by 57mm ground fire. The airplane was flying at an altitude of 7500 feet at the time. The pilot attempted to reach Thailand, but a fire had started on the starboard wing. The crew parachuted to safety.

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 Ubon Ratchathani RTAFB to Ubon Ratchathani RTAFB as the crow flies is NAN km (NAN 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.
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