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Last updated: 4 December 2021
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Date:Saturday 26 November 1966
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47D (DC-3)
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 44-76574
MSN: 32906/16158
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 26
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) (   Vietnam)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS), Vietnam
Destination airport:Korat AFB (VTUN), Thailand
Narrative:
The Douglas C-47D transport plane departed from Tan Son Nhut Air Base near Saigon on a night time administrative flight back to Korat RTAFB in Thailand.
Shortly after takeoff the aircrew advised Tan Son Nhut they had an engine problem and were returning to that airfield. Their first approach was aborted when the landing gear would not extend. During the second approach the airplane impacted a rice paddy while on short final to the runway. The no. 2 engine's propeller was in the feathered position.

Sources:
» Tan Son Nhut Association


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Distance from Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Korat AFB as the crow flies is 671 km (419 miles).

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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Douglas DC-3

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