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Last updated: 17 October 2019
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Date:Thursday 10 July 2003
Type:Silhouette image of generic P3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed P-3C Orion
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 163005
C/n / msn: 185-5812
First flight: 1988
Engines: 4 Allison T56-A14
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Jacksonville NAS, FL (NIP) (   United States of America)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Military
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Destination airport:-
Narrative:
The gaseous oxygen bottles for the quick-don oxygen masks in the cockpit, said bottles being accessed from the lower fuselage of the aircraft exterior, were being serviced by a ground maintenance crew while the aircraft's own auxiliary power unit (APU) was running. A fire in this area of the fuselage subsequently broke out and could not be contained before extensive damage to the airframe occurred.

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Sources:
» P-3 Orion Aircraft Location Report (P-3 Orion Research Group - The Netherlands)
» J. B. Philpitt, CAPT USN (Ret) (E-mail, 5 June 2009)


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