ASN Aircraft accident Martin 4-0-4 N40401 Wilmington-New Hanover County Airport, NC (ILM)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Wednesday 22 August 1962
Type:Silhouette image of generic M404 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Martin 4-0-4
Operator:Piedmont Airlines
Registration: N40401
MSN: 14101
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:20260
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Wilmington-New Hanover County Airport, NC (ILM) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Wilmington-New Hanover County Airport, NC (ILM/KILM), United States of America
Destination airport:Wilmington-New Hanover County Airport, NC (ILM/KILM), United States of America
The Martin 4-0-4 was engaged in a local training flight out of Wilmington (ILM). Upon landing the airplane swerved off the runway, causing substantial damage.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Unwanted propeller reversal during a critical phase of landing caused by malfunction of the propeller low pitch stop lever assembly, resulting from foreign matter in the servo valve control."

Engine reverse issue
Runway excursion

» NTSB File 1-0057


photo of Martin-4-0-4-N40401
accident date: 22-08-1962
type: Martin 4-0-4
registration: N40401


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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