ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada C-7A Caribou (DHC-4) 393 Pha Khao
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Date:Friday 4 February 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada C-7A Caribou (DHC-4)
Operator:Air America
Registration: 393
MSN: 51
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 34
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 38
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Pha Khao (   Laos)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Ban Xon Airstrip, Laos
Destination airport:Pha Khao Airstrip, Laos
The Caribou transport aircraft, carrying Lao military forces to a forward position, was making a normal landing approach when an obstruction was sighted on the runway. The pilot initiated a go-around but the left engine failed to respond and the aircraft's left wing contacted the ground causing the aircraft to pancake into the ground.
One Lao Air Freight Specialist and one Lao military passenger were killed.
The Caribou, which had been leased from the US Air Force (serial 61-2393), sustained major damage and, after the recovery of several components, was abandoned at the crash site.

» DeHavilland Caribou Roster
» The aircraft of Air America / by Dr. Joe F. Leeker
» Air America Aircraft Incident Report for the Month of February 1972 / CIA


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