Accident Lockheed C-130B Hercules 60-0297, Sunday 12 May 1968
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Date:Sunday 12 May 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Lockheed C-130B Hercules
Owner/operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 60-0297
MSN: 3600
Year of manufacture:1961
Engine model:Allison T56-A-7
Fatalities:Fatalities: 155 / Occupants: 155
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Kham Duc -   Vietnam
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Kham Duc Airstrip
Destination airport:
On 12 May 1968, shortly after 12:00 hours, the U.S. forces decided to immediately extract all personnel from the beleaguered Kham Duc camp, because the North Vietnamese Army had been attacking the camp for over a day. Hercules 60-0297 was called in to assist in getting as many of the civilians out of Kham Duc as possible. The Hercules took on as many passengers as it could at took off immediately, while under an intense enemy mortar and small arms attack. Apparently the Hercules was hit because eyewitnesses reported seeing the aircraft shake violently out of control, then turn and crash in an eruption of smoke and fire in a nearby ravine, approximately 1 mile from the end of the airstrip.


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