ASN Aircraft accident Martin 4-0-4 N466A Orlando-Municipal Airport, FL (ORL)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 1 October 1960
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: N466A
MSN: 14157
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 24
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 27
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Orlando-Municipal Airport, FL (ORL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Jacksonville-Thomas Cole Imeson Municipal Airport, FL, United States of America
Destination airport:Orlando-Municipal Airport, FL (ORL/KORL), United States of America
The Martin 4-0-4 passenger plane was cleared to land behind a Beechcraft A35 Bonanza (N599B, msn D-1620) on runway 25. But the captain of the Martin mistook other traffic for the Beech 35. Suddenly the Beech appeared 100 feet in front. Despite taking evasive action, the Beech was struck by the Martin's right wing. The Beech crashed, but the Martin landed safely.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "1) Failure of each of each of the pilots to observe and avoid the other aircraft. 2) Failure of the tower controller to exercise adequate control over aircraft in the traffic pattern."

» The Sunday News-Press - Oct 2, 1960


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Distance from Jacksonville-Thomas Cole Imeson Municipal Airport, FL to Orlando-Municipal Airport, FL as the crow flies is 209 km (131 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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