NTSB Identification: FTW85LA051.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26999.
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 14, 1984 in ABILENE, TX
Aircraft: MOONEY 231, registration: N231JN
Injuries: 2 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.

ACCORDING TO THE PLT, AT ABOUT 15 FT AGL, SIMULTANEOUS WITH GEAR RETRACTION, THE CABIN DOOR POPPED OPEN AND THE NOSE OF THE AIRPLANE 'TUCKED.' THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO CONTROL THE NOSE ATTITUDE BUT AS THE PROPELLER BEGAN STRIKING THE RUNWAY SURFACE, POWER WAS REDUCED AND THE ACFT SETTLED BACK ONTO THE RUNWAY WITH THE GEAR RETRACTED.

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

PROPER CLIMB RATE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

DOOR..OPEN

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