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Last updated: 15 December 2017
Date:Thursday 6 May 1954
Type:Silhouette image of generic C119 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild C-119C-14-FA Flying Boxcar
Operator:Civil Air Transport
Registration: 49-0149
C/n / msn: 10386
First flight:
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-4360-20WA
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Ban Sot (   Laos)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:Haiphong-Catbi Airport (HPH/VVCI), Vietnam
Destination airport:Haiphong-Catbi Airport (HPH/VVCI), Vietnam
During the French Indochina War (1945-54) Civil Air Transport C-119's were flying CIA supply dropping missions. The C-119 was attempting to deliver an artillery piece to the besieged French garrison at Dien Bien Phu when it was shot at by Viet minh troops. The plane lost an engine to flak. The pilot tried to return to Haiphong, but the aircraft crashed when the left wing contacted a hill. Pilots were James B. McGovern, Jr. and his co-pilot Wallace A. Buford.

» Vliegende huursoldaten / Time Life, 1982
» Fairchild C-82 and C-119 / Alwyn T. Lloyd, Aerofax, 2005


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