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Last updated: 23 July 2021
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Date:Sunday 18 January 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic P2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 127744
MSN: 426-5078
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 13
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Shantou [Formosa Strait] (   China)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Okinawa-Naha NAS (OKA/ROAH), Japan
Destination airport:Okinawa-Naha NAS (OKA/ROAH), Japan
Narrative:
A U.S. Navy Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune (127744), attached to the Navy Patrol Squadron VP-22, was based at Okinawa. It was engaged in a mission to photograph communist anti-aircraft artillery on China's southeastern coast. The aircraft was struck by ground fire, causing a fire in the no.1 engine and left-hand wing. The fire could not be contained and the aircraft was ditched about 15 minutes later in the Formosa Strait. All 13 on board were able to evacuate the aircraft.
A U.S. Coast Guard Martin PBM-5G Mariner (84738) was dispatched and landed at sea. Eleven crewmen were rescued but two remained missing.
The Mariner pilot eventually decided to depart, but the aircraft crashed on takeoff. In this accident five of the eight Mariner crew were killed. Four of the eleven Neptune crewmen were also killed.
The survivors were eventually rescued by the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Halsey Powell later that night.

Sources:
» p2vneptune.com
» Intrusions, Overflights, Shootdowns and Defections During the Cold War and Thereafter


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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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