Accident Fairchild C-123B Provider 54-641, Sunday 27 June 1965
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Date:Sunday 27 June 1965
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C123 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Fairchild C-123B Provider
Owner/operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 54-641
MSN: 20090
Fatalities:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:near Saigon -   Vietnam
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Nha Trang Airport (NHA/VVNT)
Destination airport:Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS)
Narrative:
The C-123 was used on a MACV-SOG mission. The Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Studies and Observation Group (MACV-SOG) was a joint service high command unconventional warfare task force engaged in highly classified operations throughout Southeast Asia.
The aircraft had no standard markings on it, but were painted with a unique camo pattern of low-reflectivity black, green and brown paint. The aircraft was rigged with pylons on it. All aircraft were sanitized as well as the nationality and individuality of those on board.
On June 27, 1965 the C-123 operated on a night mission from Nha Trang to Saigon with 14 "Chinese Nationalists" on board. While on approach, the C-123 started receiving ground-fire and subsequently crashed.

Sources:

Vietnam Air Losses : United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fixed-wing aircraft losses in Southeast Asia 1961-1973 / Chris Hobson
Bio for Carl Edwin Jackson
USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present / Joe Baugher

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photo (c) United States Air Force; 1957; (publicdomain)

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