ASN Aircraft accident Fairchild C-123B-17-FA Provider 56-4366 Ban Me Thuot
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Date:Sunday 15 July 1962
Type:Silhouette image of generic C123 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild C-123B-17-FA Provider
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 56-4366
MSN: 20250
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:24 km (15 mls) S of Ban Me Thuot (   Vietnam)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS), Vietnam
Destination airport:Buon Me Thuot (Ban Me Thuot)-Phung-Duc Airport (BMV/VVBM), Vietnam
Narrative:
The Provider was descending through a cloud cover over mountainous terrain. Low ceiling forced the crew to climb but the airplane flew into a wooded hillside. All four crew members survived with minor injuries and were rescued three days later by helicopter.

Classification:

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Vietnam Air Losses : United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fixed-wing aircraft losses in Southeast Asia 1961-1973 / Chris Hobson
» USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher


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Distance from Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Buon Me Thuot (Ban Me Thuot)-Phung-Duc Airport as the crow flies is 259 km (162 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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