A United-States-built T-28 bomber of the Khmer Republic Air Force crashed at Pechentong airport, west of Phnom Penh, on Monday (4 March) killing the pilot and a small child.
GV PAN Crashed aircraft, wreckage at end of airport.
GV Wrecked 'plane with observation' plane flying overhead.
CU Part of engine PAN TO AND ZOOM INTO CU dead pilot still in helmet.
Cu Flames from wreckage.
GV PAN smouldering wreckage and people (left frame)
CU PAN Father of dead child crying.
SV Unrecognisable remains of child on ground being covered PAN TO weeping father.
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Background: A United-States-built T-28 bomber of the Khmer Republic Air Force crashed at Pechentong airport, west of Phnom Penh, on Monday (4 March) killing the pilot and a small child. The child's mother was also injured.
The crash happened during a period of intense activity at the airport with aircraft shuttling back and forth in support of Government for???s besieged by insurgents surrounding the town of Kampong, 85 miles (137 kilometres) away. It is believed that one of the bombs on board the plane that crashed was jammed in position and the pilot had been unable to release it. It is still not known what caused the crash.... pilot error, on engine malfunction or if the aircraft was losing power as a result of damage.
The single-engined conventional fighter bomber, of a type built after World War Two and extensively used by the Khmer Air Force, crashed at the Phnom Penh end of the airport and just outside the perimeter. It is here that many Air Force servicemen live with their families. The aircraft narrowly missed a crowded market area nearby. The pilot was killed instantly and the child of an Air Force groundsman died. The child's mother was also injured. The aircraft was reportedly also carrying four cannisters of napalm when it crashed.
T-28 aircraft are used extensively by the Khmer Republic in operations against insurgents because of their slow speed and the amount of time they can spend in the air.