Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 21 October 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 18 April 1972
Type:Lockheed C-130E Hercules
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 63-7775
C/n / msn: 3841
First flight: 1963
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Lai Khe (   Vietnam)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS), Vietnam
Destination airport:Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS), Vietnam
Narrative:
The C-130 was on a supply dropping mission to An Loc. During a high speed low-level approach at 200 feet the airplane was struck by ground fire. The starboard wing caught fire and the load was jettisoned. The pilot headed back to Saigon, but was forced to make a forced landing in a swamp.

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 Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport as the crow flies is 0 km (0 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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