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Last updated: 19 October 2021
Date:Sunday 27 August 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic C123 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild C-123K Provider
Operator:Air America
Registration: 555
MSN: 20216
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Vang Vieng (   Laos)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Departure airport:Vang Vieng Airstrip, Laos
Destination airport:Long Tieng Airstrip, Laos
Air America's C-123K '555' departed Vang Vieng carrying 5 passengers and 13,500 pounds of palletized ordnance. The airplane hit a hill, in the Nammeui valley, 20 feet below ridge line, at 4850 feet (1478 m) elevation in bad weather.

» The aircraft of Air America / by Dr. Joe F. Leeker


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