The Wreck of the Pegasus


On October 8, 1970 at 2010 HRS, a U.S. Navy Lockheed Constellation C-121 ( BuNo 131644) named “Pegasus” of VX-6 at NAS Quonset Point, crashed while making a landing approach to McMurdo station in Antarctica.

After making six low passes over the field, the C-121J attempted to land in zero visibility, winds gusting to 40 mph in a snowstorm and in 90-degree crosswinds. The crew was unable to locate the runway. During a second attempt to land in zero visibility due to blowing snow, the Captain failed to realize his altitude was too low when the right main gear struck a snowbank and was torn off. The right wing was also torn off and the airplane crashed. 

Of the 12 crew and 80 passengers, there were no deaths.

The wreck was left in place on over the years can still be seen when it’s not completely covered in snow.

Pegasus Runway was named after the wreck which lies nearby.