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Last updated: 25 September 2021
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Date:Friday 13 December 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic C123 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild C-123K Provider
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 54-600
MSN: 20049
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 7
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Ban Hai (   Laos)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Nakhon Phanom Airport (KOP/VTUW), Thailand
Destination airport:Nakhon Phanom Airport (KOP/VTUW), Thailand
Narrative:
The C-123K Provider operated on a patrol and flare dropping mission over the Ho Chi Minh Trail. At 03:30 the crew spotted a target near Ban Nampakhon, 20 miles SW of the Ban Karai Pass in southern Laos. A pair of Martin B-57 Canberras was called in to hit the target. During the bomb run one of the B-57E Canberras (55-4284) struck the C-123. The B-57 crashed immediately, killing both crew members and the C-123 started a slow spin towards the ground. The pilot was able to bail out.

Classification:
Mid air collision
Loss of control

Sources:
» 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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