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Last updated: 19 October 2021
Datum:Samstag 17 Februar 1968
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic P2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed OP-2E Neptune
Fluggesellschaft:United States Navy
Kennzeichen: 131486
Werknummer: 426-5367
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 8 / Insassen: 8
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 8 / Insassen: 8
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Muang Phine, Laos (   Laos)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Nakhon Phanom RTAFB (KOP/VTUW), Thailand
Flug nach:?
The Lockheed OP-2E Neptune was dropping acoustic buoys over the trail in Laos. It had two F-4 escorts out of Da Nang and an O-2A Forward Air Control spotter. After coming off his first target run, the Commander reported that they had been hit by small arms fire in the starboard wing but were continuing on with their second assigned target run.
During the second run, the fighter escort radioed to the OP-2E that its starboard engine was on fire. The Commander acknowledged and reported that he was aborting the mission and returning to base.
The F-4s climbed through the overcast with the intention of joining the OP-2E on top and escorting him back to base. The last radio transmission they heard from the OP-2E was, 'We're beat up pretty bad .....'. The F-4s dropped back down below the overcast and found the burning wreckage of the OP-2E; no parachutes were seen or emergency beepers were heard.

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