Aircraft Wrecks in the Mountains and Deserts of the American West

TWA Martin 404 #N40416


Flight 206 departed Albuquerque, New Mexico bound for Santa Fe on 2/19/55 with 16 passengers and crew. All were killed at 7:13 a.m. when the aircraft struck Needle Point west of Sandia Peak. Weather and a malfunctioning flux-gate compass system were factors in this accident. Most of the wreckage is concentrated in Domingo Baca Canyon, except for parts still visible at the impact point on the Dragon's Tooth.

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G. Pat Macha points to Martin 404 crash site in Sandia Mountains, New Mexico.

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View of crash site from aerial tram to Sandia Peak.


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Trans World Airlines Martin 404, flight 206 wing, fuselage, tire and engine parts as seen in 1999 at the 8,200' level of Domingo Baca Canyon.



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