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Date:Monday 25 November 1968
Time:15:33
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-20-CU Commando
Operator:Air America
Registration: N1386N
MSN: 22265
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 25
Total:Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 28
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) from Savannakhet Airport (ZVK) (   Laos)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Savannakhet Airport (ZVK/VLSK), Laos
Destination airport:Vientiane-Wattay Airport (VTE/VLVT), Laos
Narrative:
An engine failed shortly after takeoff and the airplane crashed. A wing separated and burned, and the fuselage came to rest inverted.

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


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Distance from Savannakhet Airport to Vientiane-Wattay Airport as the crow flies is 281 km (175 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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