2010 Articles

JUL 06 2010
Neptune Accident at Rocky Mountain Metro

On Saturday 26th June 2010 PV2-5 Neptune N1386C (tanker 44) landed on runway 29R at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport and experienced control issues with steering and brakes. The crew managed to guide the aircraft off fast taxi exit A-13 but could not stop the aircraft before it punched through the perimeter fence and down a small embankment. Initial thoughts are that the hydraulic system is the possible culprit.

The number one engine (left) had a small fire that was quickly extinguished by the airport fire tenders and both crew escaped unharmed via the cockpit roof escape hatches. The following day the aircraft was supported from the front by a crane with cradle, while a large tow truck pulled the aircraft back into the airport and into a hangar to be inspected by the NTSB and Neptune Aviation.

N1386C and her sister-ships are regular visitors to Colorado in the wildfire season and Neptune Aviation keep these aircraft in immaculate condition. Unlike some past operators, Neptune Aviation elected to keep the outboard jet engines attached and in use on the P2V, and these are used during take-off and on the climb-out and departure after dropping their retardant loads for safety reasons. They elected to pay the penalty in useful load which is something the pilots tell me they would never fly without.

It's certainly strange to hear both radial and jet engine sounds coming from a single aircraft. The jet engines are very basic and run on Avgas rather than Avtur making the fueling process simpler.

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2010-07-06 - Colin Watson
Great article which hopefully rights the wrongs of the original "news" article with all the doom & gloom of an old aeroplane "crashing" after landing.

Neptune's P-2s use the auxilliary turbo-jets as you say but Aero Union of Chico CA elected to fly without them going for the bigger load (Tankers 01,03,16 & 18 but alas only 03 exists somewhere in Chile the others being scrapped at Chico)

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