NTSB Identification: MIA82FA120
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 18, 1982 in TITUSVILLE, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/18/1983
Aircraft: PIPER P-60-601P, registration: N90702
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

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.

SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF WITNESSES OBSERVED THE ACFT IN A STEEP LEFT BANK DESCENDING UNTIL IT CRASHED APPROXIMATELY 1200 FTNW OF THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RWY. ACCORDING TO THE PAX THE INITIAL CLIMB DISTRACTING THE ATTENTION OF THE PLT WHO LOSTCONTROL OF THE ACFT WHILE ATTEMPTING TO CLOSE THE DOOR. THE INADVERTENT OPENING OF THE TOP SECTION OF THE CABIN DOOR IN FLIGHT IS NOT CONSIDERED CRITICAL. THE BEFORE STARTING ENGINES & BEFORE TAKEOFF CHECK LISTS CALL FOR "CABIN DOOR CLOSED AND LOCKED PIN INDICATORS CHECK ON GREEN MARK." ACCORDING TO THE PAX THE PLT PERFORMED A COCKPIT CHECK WITHOUT THE AID OF A WRITTEN CHECK LIST.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..IMPROPER..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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

CHECKLIST..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DOOR,EXTERIOR CREW..UNLOCKED

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