Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 21 December 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 17 May 1972
Type:Lockheed C-130E Hercules
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 63-7798
C/n / msn: 3864
First flight: 1963
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Kontum Airport (KON) (   Vietnam) show on map
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Kontum Airport (KON), Vietnam
Destination airport:Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS), Vietnam
Narrative:
The C-130 had operated on a resupply mission to Kontum. It was struck by 122mm rocket fire as it climbed away and crashed.

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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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 Kontum Airport to Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport as the crow flies is 417 km (261 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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