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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:
Date:Wednesday 8 February 1956
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: 122466
C/n / msn: 126-1097
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Northern Venezuela (   Venezuela)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Lockheed P2V-2 Neptune crashed while en-route to Antarctica to search for a missing US Navy DHC-3 Otter.
Over the northern coast of Venezuela the aircraft's lost the starboard engine. Torbet elected to return to Piarco Airport, Trinidad.
Fifteen miles from the coast, the port engine failed as well. The pilot then made a 'dead stick' landing in the only jungle clearing in a remote jungle swamp. The plane was completely demolished. Both wings were ripped off and the hull ruptured, all the crew survived unhurt and were rescued by Venezuelan authorities.

Sources:
» History Of The Famous Vx-6 Squadron's Aviators. The Men Who Flew The Frozen Continent And The Polar Ice Cap. 1955-1999 / Noel Gillespie
» The Panama American (February 08, 1956)
» US Navy and US Marine Corps Aircraft Serial Numbers and Bureau Numbers--1911 to Present / Joe Baugher


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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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