51 Years ago today: On 25 November 1968 an Air America Curtiss C-46 crashed on climbout from Savannakhet, Laos , killing 26 out of 28 occupants.
|Date:||Monday 25 November 1968|
|Type:||Curtiss C-46D-20-CU Commando|
|C/n / msn:||22265|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 25|
|Total:||Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 28|
|Aircraft damage:||Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||3 km (1.9 mls) from Savannakhet Airport (ZVK) ( Laos)|
|Phase:||Initial climb (ICL)|
|Nature:||Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Savannakhet Airport (ZVK/VLSK), Laos|
|Destination airport:||Vientiane-Wattay Airport (VTE/VLVT), Laos|
An engine failed shortly after takeoff and the airplane crashed. A wing separated and burned, and the fuselage came to rest inverted.