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Last updated: 6 July 2020
Date:jeudi 9 novembre 1961
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic P2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed P2V-7LP Neptune
Compagnie:United States Navy
Immatriculation: 140439
Numéro de série: 726-7098
Année de Fabrication:
Equipage:victimes: 4 / à bord:
Passagers:victimes: 1 / à bord:
Total:victimes: 5 / à bord: 9
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Wilkins Station (   Antarctique)
Phase de vol: Au décollage (TOF)
Aéroport de départ:Wilkins Runway (YWKS), Antarctique
Aéroport de destination:McMurdo Station Ice Runway (NZIR), Antarctique
A P2V-7LP Neptune crashed on takeoff from Wilkins Station, Antarctica, where it had refuelled en route back to McMurdo Station. in support of Operation Deep Freeze 1962. Four aircrew and one passenger were killed, with four aircrew surviving. Per en eyewitness report:
"The landing had been so violently rough that it had broken loose the 400 gal internal tank in the bomb bay and the 4" filler pipe was spewing out raw fuel running down the bottom of the plane on take off. At the ignition of the JATO on the t/o run, it acted like a Roman Candle. With the burning of the fiberglass tail cone, all of the acrid smoke was drawn right up to the cockpit and the pilots were blinded. They tried to return to the field and just couldn't make it. The pilot managed to level the wings before they hit and that saved some of the guys."

» US Navy and US Marine Corps Aircraft Serial Numbers and Bureau Numbers--1911 to Present / Joe Baugher
» Passauer Neue Presse 11 November 1961, p.4


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Wilkins Runway et McMurdo Station Ice Runway est de 2107 km (1317 miles).

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