MISHAPs: 00 SEP 73 A/C: P2V-2 Location: NAS Alameda, California Strike: YES BUNO: UNKNOWN Cause: As my crewmates took off late one night, the starboard jet pod on the P2 V exploded and severed the fuel line to the starboard engine. The whole starboard side of the aircraft was engulfed in flame. The command pilot Lt. Art Knighten had two choices, turn away from the burning engine, normal procedure, and crash land in a housing developement, or, turn into the burning engine and try to crash land in space near the oil fields. Making a hard choice, Art tried to prevent killing many people in the housing developement and attempted to set the mortally wounded P2 V down into space around the oil field. He didn't make it. The starboard wing blew away just before he touched down and the aircraft went in on the starboard side. Everyone one board perished The only creman recognizable was my replacement. Contributed by John T. Scroggs email@example.com [19MAR2000]
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