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Last updated: 22 October 2021
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
MSN: 14122
First flight: 1951
Total airframe hrs:12373
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-CB3
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 23
Aircraft 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
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:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An improperly executed final approach, resulting in a stall, during a steep left turn at an altitude too low to permit recovery."

Loss of control

» 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).

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