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Accident description
Last updated: 26 July 2016
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 22 August 1962
Time:07:48
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
C/n / msn: 14101
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:20260
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Wilmington-New Hanover County Airport, NC (ILM) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Training
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
Narrative:
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: "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."

Sources:
» NTSB File 1-0057


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