Air Vietnam Flight 706 hijacking

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Air Vietnam Flight 706
Hijacking summary
Date September 15, 1974
Summary Hijacking
Site Phan Rang, South Vietnam
Passengers 67
Crew 8
Fatalities 75 (all)
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Boeing 727-121C
Operator Air Vietnam
Registration XV-NJC
Flight origin Da Nang Airport
Da Nang, South Vietnam
Destination Saigon-Tan Son Nhat Int'l Airport
Saigon, South Vietnam

Air Vietnam Flight 706 was a Boeing 727 which crashed on September 15, 1974 near Phan Rang Air Base in South Vietnam.


Le Duc Tan, a ranger in the South Vietnamese army who had recently been demoted from captain to lieutenant for the theft of two cars in Da Nang, smooth-talked his way past security checkpoints. After taking off from Danang in South Vietnam on a regularly scheduled flight for Saigon, the flight was hijacked by Tan, holding two grenades. He demanded to be flown to Hanoi in North Vietnam. For unknown reasons the pilots approached the airfield at Phan Rang but aborted the landing. The aircraft overshot the base leg and initiated a left turn, during which the aircraft lost control. Shortly after that, the airplane plunged to the ground from an altitude of 1,000 feet (300 m), killing all 75 people aboard. Even though the exact cause remains unclear, it has been speculated that the hijacker caused the crash by setting off his grenades after the pilots refused to give in to his demands.

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