Baja, CA (off coast) Navy Plane Crashes In Ocean, Apr 1966


San Diego -- A Navy patrol plane from Moffett Field crashed Saturday night off Baja California with 11 men on board during anti-submarine exercises.

A navy spokesman said there was no trace of survivors.

A massive sea and air search was launched immediately in the crash area 35 miles southwest of Guadalupe Island, about 185 miles south of San Diego.

The plane a P3 Orion, left its base at Moffett near Sunnyvale about 4 p.m. to rendevous with the submarine USS Bashaw out of San Diego.
The conning officer aboard the submarine said the plane crashed into the water at 7:25 p.m. All available Navy and Coast Guard search aircraft were called from San Diego.

The Bashaw remained at the scene. The destroyer USS Lyman K. Swenson steamed from San Diego, and was expected to reach the search area shortly before dawn this morning.

Amphibious search planes circled the scene dropping flares. Pilots reported they were unable to find any debris.

The Navy said the weather was overcast, with six-foot swells and visibility up to 15 miles.

The names of those on board the plane were withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Sunday Oakland Tribune California 1966-04-10