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Last updated: 15 December 2019
Status:Preliminary
Date:Tuesday 18 October 1966
Type:Silhouette image of generic U16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman HU-16B Albatross
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 51-7145
C/n / msn: G-195
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 64 km off Dong Hoi, Gulf of Tonkin (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Da Nang Airport (DAD/VVDN), Vietnam
Destination airport:Da Nang Airport (DAD/VVDN), Vietnam
Narrative:
The Grumman HU-16B Albatross amphibian plane departed Da Nang, Vietnam on an afternoon patrol over the Gulf of Tonkin. Weather worsened and the flight failed to return. Rescue missions failed to located the plane. The last radio contact was about 40 miles off Dong Hoi.

Sources:
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher
» 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 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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