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Accident description
Last updated: 27 May 2018
Status:
Date:Tuesday 23 March 1954
Type:Silhouette image of generic C119 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild C-119C-17-FA Flying Boxcar
Operating for:L'Armée de L'Air
Leased from:Civil Air Transport
Registration: 186
C/n / msn: 10423
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Haiphong-Cat Bi Air Base (HPH) (   Vietnam)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Haiphong-Cat Bi Air Base (HPH/VVCI), Vietnam
Destination airport:Haiphong-Cat Bi Air Base (HPH/VVCI), Vietnam
Narrative:
On 23 March 54, a napalm-laden formation took off from Cat Bi in Vietnam. The copilot on aircraft number 186 raised his landing gear before getting airborne. The plane settled back onto the runway. The 2,000 pounds of aviation fuel and 8,000 pounds of napalm did not ignite.

Sources:
» Working in Remote Countries: CAT in New Zealand, Thailand-Burma, French Indochina, Guatemala, and Indonesia by Dr. Joe F. Leeker


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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