NTSB Identification: ATL88LA105.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36472.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 05, 1988 in LINCOLNTON, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/10/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 340A, registration: N4329C
Injuries: 3 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

JUST AFTER LIFT OFF FOR A LCL FLT, THE PLT-IN-CMD, WHO WAS IN THE RIGHT SEAT, NOTED THE FRONT EDGE OF THE NOSE BAGGAGE COMPT TO 'POP OPEN'. HE ASSUMED CONTROL OF THE ACFT AND ATTEMPTED TO 'TEAR DROP' A RETURN TO THE OPPOSITE RUNWAY. DURING THE MANEUVER, THE BAGGAGE DOOR OPENED COMPLETELY AND THE PLT DID NOT ATTAIN ALIGNMENT WITH THE RWY. HE BANKED TO THE LEFT AND IN HIS WORDS 'THE AIRPLANE QUIT FLYING'. THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE ARPT SURFACE TO THE LEFT OF THE RUNWAY AND CAME TO A STOP.

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

DOOR..OPEN

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MANEUVER..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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