NTSB Identification: FTW88IA025.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34601.
Incident occurred Sunday, November 08, 1987 in EL PASO, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/10/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-34-220T, registration: N83931
Injuries: 6 Uninjured.

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

THE PILOT STATED THAT THE NOSE BAGGAGE DOOR WAS PROPERLY CLOSED AND LOCKED BEFORE TAKEOFF BUT IT CAME OPEN DURING THE AIRCRAFT'S INITIAL CLIMB AT ABOUT 200 FEET AGL. HE MADE AN IMMEDIATE DESCENT AND LANDED ON THE REMAINING RUNWAY. HE DELAYED THE LEVELOFF WHICH RESULTED IN A HARD LANDING AND COLLAPSE OF THE LEFT MAIN LANDING GEAR DUE TO OVERLOAD FORCES. POST INCIDENT EXAMINATION OF THE DOOR LATCHING/LOCKING MECHANISM REVEALED NO BROKEN OR IMPROPER PARTS. HOWEVER, THERE WAS OBVIOUS WEAR AND MISADJUSTED COMPONENTS IN THE LATCHING/LOCKING MECHANISM. PIPER AIRCRAFT CORPORATION ISSUED A SERVICE BULLETIN (NO. 872) ON THE DAY AFTER THE INCIDENT WHICH ADDRESSED THE SUBJECT OF WORN AND/OR MISADJUSTED COMPONENTS IN THIS SYSTEM.

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

MAINTENANCE,INSPECTION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

FLARE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LEVEL OFF..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DOOR,CARGO/BAGGAGE..OPEN


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,MAIN GEAR..OVERLOAD


Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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