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Last updated: 24 September 2020
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Date:Sunday 13 August 1961
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Operator:Air America
Registration: B-136
C/n / msn: 22465
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Pha Khao (   Laos)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The C-46 operated on a cargo dropping mission in support of General Vang Pao's Hmong army. Three of the crew men were members of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Air America was owned by the CIA.
During the drop, the aircraft executed a sharp turn causing the wing to struck a mountain ridge.

Sources:
» BNO News
» The aircraft of Air America / by Dr. Joe F. Leeker


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