A US Air Force B-57 Canberra jet aircraft crashed just before 10000 H today (June 29), about two miles north of Tan-Son-Nhut airport.
USAF helicopter flying over the rice paddy near the Saigon River to find out missed pilot
USAF personnels and VN Regional Forces standing river bank to watch the crashed airplane on rice paddy
general view of the crashed B-57
close shots burning B-57 around the site
USAF Helicopter landing near the site and take off
VN Regional Force is checking parachute, maps and other belongings to the pilot about 100 meter away from the crash wreckage
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Mr. James Lee is a newly assigned Korean stringer by Mr. Hollingsherd, in Saigon.
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Background: A US Air Force B-57 Canberra jet aircraft crashed just before 10000 H today (June 29), about two miles north of Tan-Son-Nhut airport.
The aircraft had been supporting a ground operation in IV Corps and was hit by ground fire. The pilot of another aircraft reported fuel was spewing out of the B-57.
About 15 miles from Tan Son Nhut, the pilot declared an emergency and appeared to be approaching the airfield in normal fashion, when a flash fire occurred in the battle-damaged left wing. The wing separated from the aircraft and the plane rolled over and the crew ejected at low altitude.
The navigator had no chute deployment and his body was recovered a short time later. The pilot had partial chute deployment and is reported to have landed in the Saigon River. However, he has not yet been found.