Operation Baby Lift – 3,300 Orphan Babies Had Been Evacuated and Adopted

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Aftermath

C-5A Galaxy, the first flight for Operation Babylift ended up with a death toll of 78 children and 35 Defence Attache Office employees and eleven U.S. Air Force personnel. Only 175 of the 330 passengers survived the ordeal.

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The crash site was too far off for rescuers to get to. But all efforts were quickly extended to pull out survivors from the wreckage, including helicopters flown by Air American pilots and South Vietnamese soldiers.

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The media were quick to call this as a sabotage, but the investigation proved to be difficult as most of the pieces in the wreckage were looted from the site. As a result, the United States government called for the grounding of all C-5s while investigation was ongoing.

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