Airplane Crash - Albuquerque, New Mexico 02/19/1955

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Albuquerque, New Mexico


Date02/19/1955
Time07:31
LocationAlbuquerque, New Mexico
OperatorTrans World Airlines
Flight #260
RouteAlbuquerque - Sante Fe
TypeMartin 404
RegistrationN40416
Cn/In14120
Aboard16
Fatalities16
Ground0
SummaryAfter taking off from Albuquerque, the aircraft flew a path directly towards Sandia Mountain and crashed into it. While initially blaming the pilots of intentionally flying the plane into the mountain, five years later, the CAB changed the probable cause to 'deviation from course for reasons unknown' and admitted there may have been a problem with the flux gauge compass.

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