Accident Lockheed P-3C Orion 158213, Thursday 17 April 1980
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Date:Thursday 17 April 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic P3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Lockheed P-3C Orion
Owner/operator:United States Navy
Registration: 158213
MSN: 185-5558
Year of manufacture:1971
Engine model:Allison T56-A14
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Pago Pago -   American Samoa
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
The US Navy P-3 Orion was taking part in Samoa's Flag Day celebration. The airplane was dropping skydivers near the reviewing area. During the second run the airplane clipped a mile-long tramway line running across Pago Pago Harbor to Mount Alava. The vertical stabilizer separated and the airplane crashed into an area in front of the two-storey Rainmaker Hotel.


P-3 Orion Aircraft Location Report (P-3 Orion Research Group - The Netherlands)
U.S. Navy
US Crashes 1950-2002 / Jan van Waarde
US Navy and US Marine Corps Aircraft Serial Numbers and Bureau Numbers--1911 to Present / Joe Baugher
The Calgary Herald - Apr 18, 1980



photo (c) Peter Barr; Pago Pago; 17 April 1980

photo (c) Peter Barr; Pago Pago; 17 April 1980

photo (c) Peter Donaldson; San Diego-Miramar NAS, CA (NKX/KNKX); 05 October 1975

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