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Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
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Date:Monday 19 March 1973
Time:10:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54D-15-DC (DC-4)
Operator:Air Vietnam
Registration: XV-NUI
C/n / msn: 22174
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 53 / Occupants: 53
Total:Fatalities: 58 / Occupants: 58
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:6,5 km (4.1 mls) S of Buon Me Thuot (Ban Me Thuot)-Phung-Duc Airport (BMV) (   Vietnam)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS), Vietnam
Destination airport:Buon Me Thuot (Ban Me Thuot)-Phung-Duc Airport (BMV/VVBM), Vietnam
Narrative:
Crashed after an explosion in the cargo hold near the main wing spar.

Classification:
Sabotage
Loss of control

Sources:
» Aircraft hijackings and other criminal acts against civil aviation : statistics and narrative reports / FAA


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Distance from Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Buon Me Thuot (Ban Me Thuot)-Phung-Duc Airport as the crow flies is 259 km (162 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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