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Last updated: 26 July 2021
Date:Thursday 3 October 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada C-7B Caribou (DHC-4)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 63-9753
MSN: 213
First flight: 1964
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 11
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Camp Evans (   Vietnam)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Camp Evans, Vietnam
Destination airport:?
The Caribou took off from Camp Evans, carrying nine US Army passengers and a crew of four. The pilot made a climbing right hand turn. At the same time, a CH-47A Chinook helicopter (66-19041) was approaching Camp Evans from LZ Nancy. It carried troops and mail to Camp Evans. At an altitude of 1100 feet, one of the Chinook’s rotor blades sliced through the Caribou’s cockpit and another blade hit the no. 1 engine. The Caribou lost control and crashed. The Chinook’s rear rotor separated, striking the helicopter’s fuselage causing it to lose control and crash.

Mid air collision
Loss of control

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