South Vietnamese troops withdrew to Chon Thanh, over 50 kms northwest of Saigon, on Thursday (7 April) after failing to reopen the read north.
TROOPS WALKING BACK TO TOWN AFTER FAILING TO REOPEN ROAD, DAMAGED HELICOPTER ON GROUND WITH OIL LEAKING, PILOT CALLING ASSISTANCE, CHINOOK ARRIVING AND AIRLIFTING DOWNED HELICOPTER AWAY, CREW INTO ANOTHER HELICOPTER AND AWAY.
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Background: South Vietnamese troops withdrew to Chon Thanh, over 50 kms northwest of Saigon, on Thursday (7 April) after failing to reopen the read north.
The road had been locked during the night by communist troops as their offensive into South Vietnam across the Demilitarised Zone continued.
An American helicopter, forced down by enemy fire, landed not far from the town, and while mechanics worked to repair the machine, the pilot immediately requested a rescue evacuation.
After securing the blades of the downed helicopter, A giant Chinook arrived to airlift the crew and their machine southward.