Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives
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Crash of a Martin 404 in Melbourne

Accident description

  • Mar 17, 1958
  • N496A
  • Landing (descent or approach)
  • Scheduled Revenue Flight
  • Yes
  • Airport (less than 10 km from airport)
  • Tampa – Melbourne
  • 14244
  • 1952
  • Melbourne, Florida
  • USA
  • North America
  • 3
  • 0
  • 7
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • On final approach to Melbourne Airport, the aircraft was too low, causing an undercarriage to struck a gravel pile located short of runway threshold. The crew continued the approach and at touchdown, the undercarriage collapsed. The airplane sank on its belly and slid for several yards before coming to rest in flames. All ten occupants were evacuated safely while the aircraft was destroyed by fire.