Date & Time: Apr 18, 1972
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed C-130 Hercules
Operator:
Registration:
63-7775
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Supply
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Plain
Schedule:
Saigon - Saigon
MSN:
3841
YOM:
1963
Country:
Vietnam
Region:
Asia
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew departed Saigon on a supply dropping mission to An Loc. While flying at low height and high speed, the airplane was hit by enemy fire. The crew elected to return to Saigon when few minutes later, the right wing caught fire. The captain attempted an emergency landing when the airplane crashed in flames in a swampy area. All five occupants were rescued while the aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
Emergency landing after being shot down by enemy fire.