Accident Lockheed OP-2E Neptune 131436, Thursday 11 January 1968
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Date:Thursday 11 January 1968
Time:09:57
Type:Silhouette image of generic P2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Lockheed OP-2E Neptune
Owner/operator:United States Navy
Registration: 131436
MSN: 426-5317
Fatalities:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Phou Louang Mountain -   Laos
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Nakhon Phanom RTAFB (KOP/VTUW)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The Lockheed OP-2E Neptune operated on an acoustic buoy drop mission over the Ho Chi Minh Trail. At 9:57 AM radio contact with his aircraft was lost.
No trace of the aircraft was found. On 23 January an Air Force A-1 located the crash site on the north side of a cliff, 150 feet below the 4,583-foot ridge line.
Recovery of the remains did not begin until 1996 and was completed January through March 2002

Sources:

US Navy and US Marine Corps Aircraft Serial Numbers and Bureau Numbers--1911 to Present / Joe Baugher
vo-67.org

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