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Malta: wreckage of a unique aircraft discovered at a depth of 30m - video

To the many wrecks already known to lie on the bottom in the waters surrounding Malta, we can add another. This time it is the American maritime reconnaissance and patrol aircraft Lockheed P2V Neptune, the wreck of which has been located by divers at a depth of 30 metres. The wreck is very nicely preserved
Published: February 29, 2016 - 15:39
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 12:58
Malta: wreckage of a unique aircraft discovered at a depth of 30m – video

To the many wrecks already known to lie on the bottom in the waters surrounding Malta, we can add another. This time it is the American maritime reconnaissance and patrol aircraft Lockheed P2V Neptune, the wreck of which has been located by divers at a depth of 30 metres. The wreck is very nicely preserved and, combined with the shallow depth, will certainly make a very attractive dive location.

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The P2V Neptune had a very long range without the need for refuelling stops. In 1946, a flight was carried out on a single tank, covering a distance of 18,000 km from Perth, Australia to Columbus, USA. The unit was flown in 1945 and remained in service from 1947 to 1978. In addition to the reconnaissance and patrol function, the aircraft could also carry out anti-submarine warfare.

This particular craft, which was recently found near the town of Bahar ic-Caghaq, ended up on the bottom as a result of problems that occurred during a routine landing at what was then known as Luqa Airport, now Malta International Airport. The wreck was later stripped of all its salvageable components and, according to known information, was even used in the 1958 film ‘The silent enemy’. Over the years, however, the wreck was forgotten, as was its location.

The rediscovery and determination of its location was made by Johnny Zammit. The exact coordinates where the wreck is located have been made public. It will now be another attraction, pleasing the eyes of divers visiting Malta.

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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