ASN Aircraft accident Martin 4-0-4 N40445 Madera, CA
ASN logo

Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 15 May 1982
Type:Silhouette image of generic M404 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Martin 4-0-4
Operator:Clayton V. Curtis
Registration: N40445
MSN: 14230
First flight: 1952
Total airframe hrs:43000
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-CB3
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Madera, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Madera Municipal Airport, CA (MAE/KMAE), United States of America
Destination airport:Casper Airport, WY (CPR/KCPR), United States of America
The aircraft landed in a wheat field while returning to the airport, after the no. 2 engine failed at 300 feet. on climbout.

Probable Cause:

lubricating system,oil line .. cracked
maintenance .. improper .. other person
fluid,oil .. starvation
engine assembly,master rod .. failure,total
emergency procedure .. not followed .. pilot in command
lack of familiarity with aircraft .. pilot in command
terrain condition .. crop
object .. Fence

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: LAX82FA174
Download report: Summary report



photo of Martin-4-0-4-N40445
accident date: 15-05-1982
type: Martin 4-0-4
registration: N40445

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Madera Municipal Airport, CA to Casper Airport, WY as the crow flies is 1325 km (828 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.
languages: languages


The Aviation Safety Network is an exclusive service provided by:
Quick Links:

CONNECT WITH US: FSF on social media FSF Facebook FSF Twitter FSF Youtube FSF LinkedIn FSF Instagram

©2023 Flight Safety Foundation

1920 Ballenger Av, 4th Fl.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314