Date & Time: Dec 5, 1971 at 0710 LT
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed P-3 Orion
Survey / Patrol / Reconnaissance
Lake, Sea, Ocean, River
Cubi Point - Cubi Point
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Shortly after takeoff from Cubi Point NAS, while in initial climb, both engines n°2 & 3 exploded. Both electric and hydraulic systems failed and the captain elected to ditch the airplane that crashed into the sea few dozen yards offshore. Fifteen occupants were rescued while Ensign Ed Cooper was killed.
The airplane's water-alcohol injection system was accidentally serviced with water and cleaning solvent by the ground crew. This caused the turbine inlet temperature to increase immediately after liftoff.