Accident description
Last updated: 24 October 2014
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 15 May 1982
Time:13:20
Type:Martin 4-0-4
Operator:Clayton V. Curtis
Registration: N40445
C/n / 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
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Madera, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Madera Municipal Airport, CA (MAE), United States of America
Destination airport:Casper Airport, WY (CPR/KCPR), United States of America
Narrative:
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
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
lack of familiarity with aircraft .. pilot in command
terrain condition .. crop
object .. Fence

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Madera Municipal Airport, CA to Casper Airport, WY as the crow flies is 1325 km (828 miles).

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