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Last updated: 20 October 2021
Datum:donderdag 18 oktober 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic P2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed P2V-2N Neptune
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:United States Navy
Registratie: 122465
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 8
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 8
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:McMurdo Station (   Antarctica)
Fase: Landing (LDG)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Christchurch International Airport (CHC/NZCH), Nieuw-Zeeland
Vliegveld van aankomst:McMurdo Station Ice Runway (NZIR), Antarctica
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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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Christchurch International Airport en McMurdo Station Ice Runway bedraagt 3821 km (2388 miles).

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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