NTSB Identification: ATL91FA074.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 44834.
Accident occurred Monday, April 01, 1991 in KINSTON, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/15/1993
Aircraft: BEECH 60, registration: N311MC
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

DURING TAKEOFF FROM RWY 22, THE PLT RPRTD THAT HE HAD A PROBLEM, THEN THERE WAS NO FURTHER COMM FROM THE ACFT. SVRL WITNESSES SAW AN OBJECT FALL FROM THE ACFT & ONE WITNESS OBSERVED THAT A 'HOOD' HAD OPENED. THE ACFT WAS MNVRD ONTO FINAL APCH TO RWY 36. A WITNESS SAID THAT AS THE ACFT WAS LINING UP ON FINAL APCH, IT ENTERED A STEEP BANK & DSCNDD OUT OF HIS SIGHT. SUBSEQUENTLY, IT COLLIDED WITH TREES IN A 27 DEG DSCNT, CRASHED & BURNED. A BAG FROM THE NOSE BAGGAGE COMPARTMENT WAS FND NEAR THE DEP END OF RWY 22. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR SYSTEM MALFUNCTION OF THE ACFT WAS FND. BEFORE THE FLT, A RAMP PERSON OBSERVED THE PLT SERVICING THE LEFT ENG WITH OIL, BUT HE DID NOT KNOW IF THE PLT HAD SECURED THE BAGGAGE DOOR. AN EXAM OF THE RCVRD DOOR ASSEMBLY FAILED TO DISCLOSE A MALFUNCTION OF THE REAR LATCH ASSEMBLY. THE FORWARD LATCH ASSEMBLY AREA WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

THE PILOT DIVERTED HIS ATTENTION AND FAILED TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT, WHILE MANEUVERING FOR A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING. FACTORS RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WERE: THE UNSECURED BAGGAGE COMPARTMENT DOOR AND THE PILOT'S INADEQUATE PREFLIGHT.

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