NTSB Identification: LAX84LA102.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22735.
Accident occurred Thursday, December 08, 1983 in ST. JOHNS, AZ
Aircraft: BEECH V35B, registration: N66876
Injuries: 1 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.

ABOUT 10 MIN AFTER TAKEOFF THE PAX DOOR OPENED & THE PLT ELECTED TO MAKE A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING AT ST. JOHNS. UNAWARE THAT THE WIND WAS CALM, THE PLT SELECTED RWY 20, WHICH IS 3400 FT LONG, RATHER THAN RWY31, WHICH IS 5300 FT LONG, BECAUSE WHEN HE DEPARTED SHOW LOW THE WIND WAS FROM THE SW. DURING APPROACH & TOUCHEDOWN THE PLT HELD ONTO THE UNLATCHEDDOOR TO REDUCE THE AERODYNAMIC BUFFETING. AFTER TOUCHDOWN HE RECOGNIZED HE WAS RAPIDLY RUNNING OUT OF RWY. HE DID NOT RETRACT THE FLAPS BUT INCREASED HIS BRAKING EFFORS. THE ACFT RAN OFF THE END OF THE RWY & COLLIDED WITH A CHAIN LINK PERIMETER FENCE.

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

AIRSPEED..EXCESSIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

DOOR,PASSENGER..UNLOCKED


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DOOR,PASSENGER..OPEN


Contributing Factors

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WRONG RUNWAY..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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