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Last updated: 14 December 2017
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Date:Monday 1 April 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic P3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed P-3B Orion
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 153445
C/n / msn: 185-5241
First flight: 1967
Crew:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Dao Phu Quoc Island (   Vietnam)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:U-Tapao Airport (UTP/VTBU), Thailand
Destination airport:U-Tapao Airport (UTP/VTBU), Thailand
Narrative:
The Orion plane operated on a coastal surveillance mission to intercept gunrunning Viet Cong trawlers. It was shot at by a Cambodian navy vessel near the island of Hon Doc. An engine caught fire, but the fire could not controlled. The Orion crashed into the sea near the island of Hon Vang.

Sources:
» P-3 Orion Aircraft Location Report (P-3 Orion Research Group - The Netherlands)
» US Crashes 1950-2002 / Jan van Waarde
» 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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