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Last updated: 21 October 2021
Date:Tuesday 15 November 1960
Type:Silhouette image of generic U16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman UF-1 Albatross
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:36 km (22.5 mls) SE of Luzon Island-Cubi Point NAS (NCP) (   Philippines)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Manila-Nichols Air Base (MNL/RPLL), Philippines
Destination airport:Luzon Island-Cubi Point NAS (NCP/RPMB), Philippines
Crashed into Mount Mariveles 40 miles west of Manila. Rear Admiral Arthur F. Spring (51), his wife, an accompanying officer and three crew died. A Navy helicopter later crashed during a SAR mission, killing four.

» Madera Tribune 15 November 1960, p2
» San Bernardino Sun 16 November 1960, p30


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Manila-Nichols Air Base to Luzon Island-Cubi Point NAS as the crow flies is 86 km (54 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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