Date & Time: Oct 26, 1978 at 1530 LT
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed P-3 Orion
Survey / Patrol / Reconnaissance
Lake, Sea, Ocean, River
Adak - Adak
Alfa Fox 586
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The crew departed Adak Airport on a maritime patrol flight over the north Pacific Ocean under callsign 'Alfa Fox 586'. En route, the engine n°1 oversped and the crew was unable to feather its propeller. A lack of oil caused the engine to catch fire and the crew decided to ditch the airplane about 370 km south of Attu Island. Five occupants were killed while 10 others were rescued by the crew of a Soviet trawler.
Failure and fire of the engine n°1 for undetermined reasons.