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Narrative:Crashed into some trees near Pha Khao (LS-14), Laos, approximately 75 miles north of Vientiane, on 22 July 62, while transporting 3 Royal Laotian Army soldiers from Sam Thong (LS-20) to Phou Nong (LS-71); the aircraft had been hit by small arms fire which had ignited the aircraft; one passenger died in the crash, while the pilot, Reserve Captain Charles T. Dieffenbach, and two passengers jumped out of the aircraft to the safety of the ground. The three survivors walked directly north for approximately 3 ½ hours until they came upon two abandoned Meo huts. Capt. Dieffenbach who was suffering from burns on his body as well as internal injuries claimed that he could go no farther and moved into one of the deserted huts. It was then decided that the least injured of the two soldiers would attempt to walk to a friendly site and obtain help for the remaining survivors, Captain Dieffenbach remained in the abandoned hut and at approximately 10.00 hours local time on the following day, 23 July 62, passed away.
|Type:||Helio H-395 Super Courier|
|C/n / msn:|| 526|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Pha Khao (LS-14) -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||Sam Thong (LS-20)|
|Destination airport:||Phou Nong (LS-71)|
The aircraft of Air America / by Dr. Joe F. Leeker
http://www.air-america.org/Articles/Donner2.shtml (Capt. Dieffenbach)
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