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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Date:Friday 27 February 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic P2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed P2V-2 Neptune
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 39357
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Station Echo (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Bermuda-Kindley Field NAS (NWU), Bermuda
Destination airport:Terceira-Lajes AFB, Azores (TER/LPLA), Portugal
Narrative:
The operated on a flight from Bermuda to Lajes, Azores over the Atlantic Ocean. The flight continued normally, cruising at 11,000-ft. At 13:32Z a sudden power loss occurred on the starboard engine. The BMEP dropped from 145 to 70 and manifold pressure from 31" to 17". The pilot decided to return to Bermuda.
At 13:52Z. as the aircraft was descending to 3000 ft, the starboard engine built up to 20" manifold pressure and commenced severe backfiring. The propeller was then feathered.
At 14:45Z while maintaining 3000 feet the port engine began smoking and throwing oil. The pilot diverted to Station Echo, weather observation station located in the Atlantic Ocean east of Bermuda. The aircraft ditched at 15:31Z. All crew members were quickly rescued by USCGC Coos Bay.

Sources:
» US Navy and US Marine Corps Aircraft Serial Numbers and Bureau Numbers--1911 to Present / Joe Baugher
» vpnavy.org


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Distance from Bermuda-Kindley Field NAS to Terceira-Lajes AFB, Azores as the crow flies is 3426 km (2141 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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