Date & Time: Jun 16, 1983 at 0400 LT
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed P-3 Orion
Barbers Point - Barbers Point
United States of America
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The four engine airplane departed Barbers Point NAS on a night training exercise consisting of a support of ships cruising off Kauai Island. While cruising in limited visibility at an altitude of 3,000 feet, the aircraft struck the slope of a mountain and disintegrated on impact. The wreckage was found on a steep ridge (Kalepa Ridge between Honopu and Kalalau valleys) on the Na Pali Coast of Kauai. All 14 occupants were killed. The pilot failed to realize his altitude was insufficient and did not see the mountain.
Controlled flight into terrain.