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Accident description
Last updated: 30 November 2015
Date:Saturday 17 November 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-10-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Air Vietnam
Registration: XV-NIE
C/n / msn: 26355/14910
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Total:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 27
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:20 km (12.5 mls) NNW of Quang Ngai (   Vietnam)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS), Vietnam
Destination airport:Quang Ngai Airport (XNG), Vietnam
A Douglas C-47B, XV-NIE, operated on a passenger flight from Saigon-Tan Son Nhat Airport to Quang Ngai Airport, Vietnam.
The flight took off at 00:35 with an ETA at Quang Ngai of 02:50 hours. While en route, the Quang Ngai was flooded. Attempts by Saigon ACC to contact the aircraft after 02:00 hours all failed.
The aircraft was found to have struck the nearly vertical wall of a mountain, at an elevation of about 400 m, 20 km NNW of Quang-Ngai. The location of the wreckage suggested that the flight crew got lost and flew too low in a mountainous area while attempting to reach the nearby airport of Chu Lai, 8 km ENE of the wreckage site.

Probable Causes:
Pilot factor - the pilot-in-command flew VFR in IMC in an attempt to divert to an alternative airport.
Contributing factor - Adverse weather conditions.

VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain



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Distance from Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Quang Ngai Airport as the crow flies is 528 km (330 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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