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Last updated: 27 May 2020
Date:Thursday 2 October 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic C2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman C-2A Greyhound
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 152796
C/n / msn: 13
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Total:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 27
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:112 km (70 mls) NE off Dong Hoi, Vietnam [Gulf of Tonkin] (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Luzon Island-Cubi Point NAS (NCP), Philippines
Destination airport:USS Constellation
A C-2A greyhound transport plane was destroyed when it crashed into the sea near aircraft carrier USS Constellation. All six crew members and 21 passengers were killed.
The airplane operated on a personnel transportation flight from Cubi Point to USS Constellation. The aircraft carrier was on active duty during the Vietnam War at the time of the accident. The airplane came down about 16 km from the ship. It was suspected that the airplane struck the sea following an engine failure.

» Vietnam Air Losses : United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fixed-wing aircraft losses in Southeast Asia 1961-1973 / Chris Hobson
» US Navy and US Marine Corps Aircraft Serial Numbers and Bureau Numbers--1911 to Present / Joe Baugher


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