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Last updated: 4 December 2021
Date:Friday 17 June 1966
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed C-130E Hercules
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 63-7785
MSN: 3852
First flight: 1963
Engines: 4 Allison T56-A-7
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:8 km (5 mls) off Phu Hiep (   Vietnam)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Cam Ranh Airport (CXR/VVCR), Vietnam
Destination airport:Okinawa-Kadena AFB (DNA/RODN), Japan
The Lockheed C-130E Hercules operated on a routine transport flight between Vietnam and the U.S. air base at Okinawa, Japan. The airplane exploded in midair and crashed into the sea.
It was suspected that the airplane had been sabotaged by Vietnamese communist sympathizers who worked at the base.

» Vietnam Air Losses : United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fixed-wing aircraft losses in Southeast Asia 1961-1973 / Chris Hobson


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Cam Ranh Airport to Okinawa-Kadena AFB as the crow flies is 2499 km (1562 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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