NTSB Identification: NYC85LA140.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28898.
Accident occurred Thursday, June 06, 1985 in BUTLER, PA
Aircraft: CESSNA 340A, registration: N2669Z
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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

THE PLT REPORTED THAT PRIOR TO THE FLT, HE MADE THE USUAL PREFLIGHT CHECK & LOCKED THE LEFT FORWARD, NOSE BAGGAGE DOOR. DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL, THE LEFT FORWARD BAGGAGE DOOR OPENED & LOCKED IN AN UPRIGHT POSITION. THE PLT ABORTED THE TAKEOFF, BUT THERE WAS INSUFFICIENT RWY REMAINING TO STOP. AFTER DEPARTING THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RWY, THE ACFT BECAME AIRBORNE AS IT WENT OVER A BANK, THEN WAS DAMAGED WHEN IT TOUCHED DOWN ON A SLIGHT DOWNSLOPE. A FIRE ERUPTED IN THE LEFT TIP TANK AREA AFTER THE ACFT CAME TO REST. AN EXAM OF THE ACFT REVEALED THAT THE LEFT AIRFRAME SUPPORT CHANNEL FOR THE BAGGAGE DOOR WAS BENT. THIS ALLOWED THE DOOR TO BE CLOSED TO THE LOCKED POSITION WITHOUT BEING PROPERLY ENGAGED.

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

FUSELAGE,CARGO COMPARTMENT..BENT

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

DOOR,CARGO/BAGGAGE..NOT ENGAGED

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DOOR,CARGO/BAGGAGE..OPEN



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DOWNHILL

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