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Last updated: 25 April 2019
Date:Saturday 12 August 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed C-130E Hercules
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 62-1853
C/n / msn: 3817
First flight: 1963
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 36
Total:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 44
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Soc Trang (SOA) (   Vietnam)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Soc Trang Airport (SOA), Vietnam
Destination airport:?
Crashed after being hit by small arms fire immediately after takeoff.

» Vietnam Air Losses : United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fixed-wing aircraft losses in Southeast Asia 1961-1973 / Chris Hobson


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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