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Accident description
Last updated: 28 July 2016
Status:
Date:Tuesday 6 February 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic P3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed P-3B-85-LO Orion
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 153440
C/n / msn: 185-5237
First flight: 1967
Crew:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:80 km (50 mls) off Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam [Gulf of Thailand] (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:U-Tapao Airport (UTP/VTBU), Thailand
Destination airport:U-Tapao Airport (UTP/VTBU), Thailand
Narrative:
The Orion was on an antisubmarine patrol mission out of Thailand when it crashed into 100 feet of water off South Vietnam.

Sources:
» P-3 Orion Aircraft Location Report (P-3 Orion Research Group - The Netherlands)
» US Crashes 1950-2002 / Jan van Waarde
» US Navy and US Marine Corps Aircraft Serial Numbers and Bureau Numbers--1911 to Present / Joe Baugher
» VPNavy.org


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