Date & Time: Jan 30, 1963 at 0200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed P-3 Orion
Lake, Sea, Ocean, River
Patuxent River - Patuxent River
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The crew departed Patuxent River NAS on a night exercise with a US Marine Ship. While cruising at an altitude of 500 feet, the airplane nosed down and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, some 231 miles east of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Few debris and the dead body of the captain were found floating on water. No trace of the rest of the crew was found.
Due to lack of evidence, it was not possible to determine the exact cause of the accident. Nevertheless, altimeters oscillations could occur in flight and may ba a contributing factor.