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Accident description
Last updated: 14 December 2017
Status:
Date:Thursday 21 January 1954
Time:ca 21:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic P2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 124874
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Engines: 2 Wright R-3350-30W
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:NW of Barbers Point NAS, HI (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Barbers Point NAS, HI (NAX), United States of America
Narrative:
Patrol Squadron Seven (VP-7) of the US Navy was returning to the U.S. after a deployment to NAS Iwakuni, Japan.
An intermediate stop was planned at Barbers Point NAS, Oahu, Hawaii.
After a go around the aircraft mistakenly turned left into the center of the island, rather than turn right out over the ocean. The Neptune impacted Mount Pu’u Kaua (3127 feet), the third highest point on the Waianae Range on Oahu.
A helicopter with four crew later crashed during the SAR mission.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» El Litoral 22 January 1954, p1
» 60 Years Later, Navy Man and Tragic Plane Crash Remembered
» vpnavy.com


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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