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Last updated: 18 January 2020
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Date:Tuesday 15 October 1974
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-15-CU Commando
Operator:Royal Air Lao
Registration: XW-PBW
C/n / msn: 33451
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:120 km (75 mls) NNE of Vientiane (   Laos)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Vientiane-Wattay Airport (VTE/VLVT), Laos
Destination airport:Vientiane-Wattay Airport (VTE/VLVT), Laos
Narrative:
All five aboard the C-46 Commando were killed as the airplane crashed 120 km NNE of Vientiane, Laos. The crew consisted of two pilots and three cargo kickers. They were to drop the cargo over an unknown dropzone in Laos.

Sources:
» Aine Carter (E-mail, 19-10-2013)
» The aircraft of Air America / by Dr. Joe F. Leeker


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