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Accident description
Last updated: 13 December 2017
Status:
Date:Monday 26 September 1955
Type:Silhouette image of generic P2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed P2V-3W Neptune
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 131442
C/n / msn: 426-5323
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:480 km (300 mls) SW off Jamaica [Caribbean] (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Guantánamo NAS (NBW/MUGM), Cuba
Destination airport:Guantánamo NAS (NBW/MUGM), Cuba
Narrative:
Te P2V-3W Neptune aircraft 'Snowcloud Five' departed Guantánamo Bay NAS to investigate Hurricane Janet, which was at the time a Category 4 hurricane south of Jamaica. The aircraft penetrated the hurricane's eyewall at an altitude of 700 feet and all contact was lost. All 11 people on board, including nine crew members and two journalists, were killed.
An extensive search and rescue operation yielded no results.

Sources:
» wunderground.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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