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Last updated: 20 October 2021
Date:jeudi 18 octobre 1956
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic P2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed P2V-2N Neptune
Compagnie:United States Navy
Immatriculation: 122465
Numéro de série:
Année de Fabrication:
Equipage:victimes: 4 / à bord: 8
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 4 / à bord: 8
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:McMurdo Station (   Antarctique)
Phase de vol: A l'atterrissage (LDG)
Aéroport de départ:Christchurch International Airport (CHC/NZCH), Nouvelle-Zélande
Aéroport de destination:McMurdo Station Ice Runway (NZIR), Antarctique
Lockheed P2V-2N Neptune "Boopsie" of VX-6 was damaged beyond repair in a crash-landing in bad weather at the beginning of Operation Deep Freeze II.
The aircraft departed Christchurch, New Zealand to McMurdo, Antarctica along with other the other long range aircraft of VX-6. After passing the PSR (point of safe return) a severe storm enveloped the McMurdo area. Since they had insufficient fuel to return to Christchurch they were committed to flying into the storm and landing at McMurdo.
Neptune 122465 was the first aircraft to reach McMurdo and the pilot made a ground controlled approach from 12,000 feet to 300 feet and then elected to make a visual landing. With the landing gear down the plane began to turn right. The nose of the plane fell, and the Neptune struck the snow on the nose and right wing. The Neptune was completely demolished.

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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Christchurch International Airport et McMurdo Station Ice Runway est de 3821 km (2388 miles).

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