At least 20 people were killed and 40 injured when United States Air Force A-7 Corsair jet fighter-bomber crashed into a Khmer Army dispensary at Pochentong airbase near Phnom Penh on Friday (4 May).
GV & SVs Crashed bomber & debris (3 shots)
SCU USAF sign on wing of crashed bomber
SV Charred body ZOOM OUT wreckage
SV Troops look through debris
SV Wounded soldier amidst debris
SVs Charred body & soldiers remove debris
LVs APCs past camera down road (2 shots)
SV Soldier with mortar by roadside TILT soldiers (2 shots)
GV Phantom jet
SV Villager near jet
GV Jet flies over target in distance
GV Soldiers watch smoke rise over distant trees after bomb was dropped
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Background: At least 20 people were killed and 40 injured when United States Air Force A-7 Corsair jet fighter-bomber crashed into a Khmer Army dispensary at Pochentong airbase near Phnom Penh on Friday (4 May). It was apparently trying to make an emergency landing.
Khmer military sources claimed the aircraft had been hit by ground fire before crashing, but the American embassy said that the plane was trying to land with mechanical trouble and that an investigation was under way.
Corsair A-7's are all-weather fighters which normally operate from aircraft-carriers. Eye-witnesses said this type of aircraft had never been seen before at Pochentong airbase.
Meanwhile, fierce fighting continues near Phnom Penh. Government troops have been supported by air-strikes from Phantom jets about 14 miles south of the capital. Heavy B-52 bombers have also been pounding communist positions.
The heaviest fighting has been along the banks of the Mekong River, and two battalions of Government troops (around 500 men) have been officially listed as missing after a position 25 miles (40 kilometres) down river had been overrun.