Accident description
Last updated: 26 July 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 26 April 1978
Type:Lockheed P-3B-65-LO Orion
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 152724
C/n / msn: 185-5164
First flight: 1966
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:32 km (20 mls) NE off Terceira-Lajes AFB, Azores (LFB) (   Portugal) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Terceira-Lajes AFB, Azores (TER/LPLA), Portugal
Destination airport:Terceira-Lajes AFB, Azores (TER/LPLA), Portugal
Narrative:
Crashed at sea during a routine training mission.

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
» Bangor Daily News - Apr 28, 1978


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Distance from Terceira-Lajes AFB, Azores to Terceira-Lajes AFB, Azores as the crow flies is 0 km (0 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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