NTSB Identification: LAX86FA278.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35630.
Accident occurred Friday, July 04, 1986 in MEYERS, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/11/1988
Aircraft: BEECH C24R, registration: N66287
Injuries: 4 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.

WITH A DENSITY ALTITUDE OF ABOUT 8400 FT, AND AN AIRCRAFT NEAR ITS MAX CERTIFICATED GROSS WEIGHT, THE PLT & 3 PAX DEPARTED ON RWY 18. DURING TAKEOFF EITHER THE PILOT'S DOOR WAS NOT CLOSED OR IT CAME OPEN. THE OPEN DOOR DEGRADED THE ACFT'S CLIMB PERFORMANCE. THE PLT BECAME DISTRACTED BY THE DOOR AND INADVERTANTLY FLEW INTO A BOX CANYON. DURING A TURNAROUND MANEUVER, THE ACFT STALLED AND COLLIDED WITH THE TREES AND TERRAIN.

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:

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE



Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE..DETERIORATED

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