September 1, 2008, Reno, Nev. Lockheed SP-2H Neptune


The airplane was destroyed when it impacted terrain at about 1810 Pacific time following a loss of power and loss of control. The airline transport first pilot in the left seat, the airline transport second pilot in the right seat and the flight mechanic in the jumpseat were killed. Visual conditions prevailed for the air drop flight, which was originating at the time of the accident.

A witness watched the takeoff and, at between 100 to 300 feet agl, observed the left jet engine emitting flames, followed by the left wing being engulfed in flames. About two seconds later the airplane entered a left-wing-down attitude before impacting terrain and bursting into flames.


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