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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Status:
Date:Thursday 21 March 1991
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: 159325
C/n / msn: 185-5615
First flight: 1974
Engines: 4 Allison T56-A14
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 14
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:NW off San Diego, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Mountain View-Moffett Field, CA (NUQ/KNUQ), United States of America
Destination airport:Mountain View-Moffett Field, CA (NUQ/KNUQ), United States of America
Narrative:
Mid-air collision with US Navy Lockheed P-3C Orion 158930. Both aircraft crashed, killing 27 occupants in total. It has not been confirmed that Orion 159325 carried 13 Navy personnel and that there were 14 on Orion 158930. It may have been the other way around.

Classification:
Mid air collision
Loss of control

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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