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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Date:Friday 17 February 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic M404 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Martin 4-0-4
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: N445A
C/n / msn: 14122
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 23
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Owensboro, KY (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Evansville-Dress Regional Airport, IN (EVV/KEVV), United States of America
Destination airport:Owensboro-Daviess County Airport, KY (OWB/KOWB), United States of America
Narrative:
The Martin 4-0-4 took off from Evansville for a 29-mile instrument flight to Owensboro. Weather was poor when the flight arrived near Owensboro: precipitation, ceiling 600 feet, sky obscured, visibility 1 mile, moderate thundershowers, fog, wind NE/3 knots. After turning left to finals the right wing suddenly dropped. The aircraft struck the ground and rolled to an inverted position, sliding to a stop next to runway 05.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "An improperly executed final approach, resulting in a stall, during a steep left turn at an altitude too low to permit recovery."

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest No.8, Circular 54-AN/49 (36-39)


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Distance from Evansville-Dress Regional Airport, IN to Owensboro-Daviess County Airport, KY as the crow flies is 46 km (29 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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