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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:
Date:Tuesday 11 February 1969
Time:20:23
Type:Silhouette image of generic P2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed SP-2E Neptune
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 131487
C/n / msn: 426-5368
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:11 km (6.9 mls) SE of Santa Ana-El Toro MCAS, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Santa Ana-El Toro MCAS, CA (NZJ/KNZJ), United States of America
Destination airport:Santa Ana-El Toro MCAS, CA (NZJ/KNZJ), United States of America
Narrative:
The Neptune operated on a night time training flight, conducting practice landings at Santa Ana-El Toro MCAS, California.
During a missed approach the right wingtip struck the southern ridge of Harding Canyon in the Santa Ana Mountains. The aircraft cartwheeled and disintegrated.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» aircraftwrecks.com
» L'Unitá 13-2-1969
» 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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