Airplane Crash - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 04/01/1956

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Date04/01/1956
Time19:20
LocationPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
OperatorTrans World Airlines
Flight #400
RoutePittsburgh - Newark
TypeMartin 404
RegistrationN40403
Cn/In14103
Aboard36
Fatalities22
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft yawed to the left and crashed shortly after takeoff after a fire warning occurred on the No.1 engine. The cause of the fire warning was a failed exhaust connector clamp in the left engine, which triggered an adjacent fire detecting unit. A windmilling left propeller, the extended landing gear, and the takeoff flaps produced sufficient drag to make the airplane lose altitude and strike the ground. An uncoordinated emergency action in a very short time available to the crew, which produced an aircraft configuration with insurmountable drag.

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