Accident Douglas C-47B-10-DK (DC-3) XV-NIE, Saturday 17 November 1973
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Date:Saturday 17 November 1973
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47B-10-DK (DC-3)
Owner/operator:Air Vietnam
Registration: XV-NIE
MSN: 26355/14910
Year of manufacture:1944
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 27
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:20 km NNW of Quang Ngai -   Vietnam
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS)
Destination airport:Quang Ngai Airport (XNG)
Narrative:
A Douglas C-47B, XV-NIE, operated on a passenger flight from Saigon-Tan Son Nhat Airport to Quang Ngai Airport, Vietnam.
The flight took off at 00:35 with an ETA at Quang Ngai of 02:50 hours. While en route, the Quang Ngai was flooded. Attempts by Saigon ACC to contact the aircraft after 02:00 hours all failed.
The aircraft was found to have struck the nearly vertical wall of a mountain, at an elevation of about 400 m, 20 km NNW of Quang-Ngai. The location of the wreckage suggested that the flight crew got lost and flew too low in a mountainous area while attempting to reach the nearby airport of Chu Lai, 8 km ENE of the wreckage site.

Probable Causes:
Pilot factor - the pilot-in-command flew VFR in IMC in an attempt to divert to an alternative airport.
Contributing factor - Adverse weather conditions.

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Statistics

  • 29th worst accident in 1973
  • 86th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 76th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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