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Last updated: 28 November 2021
Date:Thursday 26 October 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic P3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed P-3C Orion
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 159892
MSN: 285A-5643
First flight: 1976
Engines: 4 Allison T56-A14
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 15
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 15
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:960 km (600 mls) E off Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Adak Naval Air Facility, AK (ADK/PADK), United States of America
Destination airport:Adak Naval Air Facility, AK (ADK/PADK), United States of America
The P-3 Orion aircraft was on a surveillance patrol near Siberia when the no. 1 engine oversped. The propeller failed to feather following the emergency shut down of the engine. A lack of gear box oil resulted in a fire. A controlled ditching was performed. The survivors were rescued by a Soviet trawler.


» Fleet AW Association
» P-3 Orion Aircraft Location Report (P-3 Orion Research Group - The Netherlands)
» US Crashes 1950-2002 / Jan van Waarde
» US Navy and US Marine Corps Aircraft Serial Numbers and Bureau Numbers--1911 to Present / Joe Baugher
» Bangor Daily News - Oct 27, 1978


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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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