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Last updated: 14 November 2018
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Date:Saturday 3 June 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic P3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed P-3A Orion
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 152182
C/n / msn: 185-5152
First flight: 1965
Crew:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Jebel Musa (   Morocco)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Rota (Base Aero-Navel) (LERT), Spain
Destination airport:Souda Bay NAS, Greece
Narrative:
Crashed into the side of a 2,700-foot mountain about an hour after departure.

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


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Lockheed P-3

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