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Last updated: 19 April 2019
Date:Monday 22 December 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6B
Operator:Air Vietnam
Registration: B-2005
C/n / msn: 44694/558
First flight: 1955
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 70
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 77
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 24
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Nha Trang Airport (NHA) (   Vietnam)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS), Vietnam
Destination airport:Nha Trang Airport (NHA/VVNT), Vietnam
An explosion occurred while descending for Nha Trang Airport. A 1,5 m hole was blown in the fuselage near the port cabin washroom (slightly ahead of the engines). The hydraulic system failed, so the undercarriage was lowered by gravity. After a low level pass to check the landing gear, a nose high flapless approach was made. The DC-6 touched down at the threshold, but became airborne again on application of reverse thrust. The throttles were closed and the aircraft landed again, but overran the runway, striking a concrete pylon and dwellings. A fire broke out.

Runway excursion

» Sarasota Journal - Dec 22, 1969


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Nha Trang Airport as the crow flies is 316 km (198 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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