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Last updated: 4 July 2020
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Date:Monday 6 November 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic C123 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild C-123K Provider
Operator:Air America
Registration: 648
C/n / msn: 20097
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) S of Paksong (   Laos)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Pakse Airport (PKZ/VLPS), Laos
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Air America's Provider "648" had been loaded with several pounds of cargo, a mixed load of fresh produce and ammunition, loaded onto 14 pallets destined for three different drop zones in Laos. The airplane was shot, causing rudder control to be lost. All four crew members bailed out; the aircraft crashed and was destroyed by fire.

Sources:
» The aircraft of Air America / by Dr. Joe F. Leeker


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