Airplane Crash - Saigon, Vietnam 04/04/1975

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Saigon, Vietnam


Date04/04/1975
Time16:30
LocationSaigon, Vietnam
OperatorMilitary - U.S. Air Force
RouteTan Son AFB - Clark AFB
TypeLockheed C-5A Galaxy
Registration68-218
Cn/In0021
Aboard330
Fatalities155
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft reported it was returning to Tan Son Nhut Airbase 15 minutes after taking off. The aircraft was not able to make the airport and crashed landed into a rice paddy, 1.5 miles from the airport. The flight was evacuating 243 Vietnamese orphans. Pressure failure due to a faulty rear loading ramp caused decompression which led to severed rudder and elevator cables and loss of two hydraulisystems resulting in a loss of pitch control. Worst single non-combat U.S. military aviation disaster.

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