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Last updated: 6 July 2020
Datum:donderdag 9 november 1961
Type:Silhouette image of generic P2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed P2V-7LP Neptune
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:United States Navy
Registratie: 140439
Constructienummer: 726-7098
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden:
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden:
Totaal:slachtoffers: 5 / inzittenden: 9
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Wilkins Station (   Antarctica)
Fase: Start (TOF)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Wilkins Runway (YWKS), Antarctica
Vliegveld van aankomst:McMurdo Station Ice Runway (NZIR), Antarctica
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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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Wilkins Runway en McMurdo Station Ice Runway bedraagt 2107 km (1317 miles).

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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