Posted 2010-02-19 6:48 AM (#344970) Subject: TWA Flight 260 Lost Between Albuquerque and Santa Fe
FSE Board Member
Location: Brandon, Manitoba
February 19, 1955
A TWA Martin 404 airliner with 16 passengers and crew were reported lost today as the aircraft failed to arrive in Santa Fe after departing Albuquerque on time. A search is underway at this time by local Air Force units .......
OK this news is a bit old now, a mere 55 years ago today. The cause of the crash is unknown still to this day because the pilots flew the route before and they basically flew right into the mountain on a rocky point called Dragon's Tooth, which was obscured by clouds, but the most recent findings suggest the flux gate which drives the DG (Heading indicator) was bad and they were not on the path they thought they were.
The place the aircraft crashed and the wreckage remains today unofficially is called TWA Canyon, on the hiking maps it is Domingo Baca Canyon and can be accessed, if you are in good shape, in a few hours from the base of the Sandia Mountains. When the sun is overhead glints of the metal can be seen from the Sandia Tram that takes folks from the western base of the mountain to the top where in the winter one can ski the slopes on Sandia (Sandia is the native word and it means "Watermelon"; if you view it from the west when the sun is low in the west you'll see why they call it that).
Today the Martin 404 makes it's debut in FSE. This aircraft has 42 seats and 3 crew, flies at 260 kts cruise buring 200 gph, with a useful load of 5580 kg. This aircraft has a distance bonus of $269, a new engine price of $66,000.00, and retails for $3,110,583 with a dry rental price of $2,488.
I recommend the models for this aircraft at Dave Gibson's California Classics site, www.calclassic.com.
The first template mapped for this aircraft is: Martin 4-0-4 Pacific