NTSB Identification: ATL83IA034
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Incident occurred Tuesday, November 16, 1982 in HUNTSVILLE, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/16/1983
Aircraft: BEECH G18S, registration: N5BA
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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

THE LEFT CARGO DOOR SEPARATED FROM THE ACFT. THE DOOR WAS A HAMILTON CARGO DOOR INSTALLED UNDER AN STC WHICH REQUIRED 3 HINGES ON TOP & 3 PINS ON BOTTOM WITH AN OVERCENTER LOCKING MECHANISM ON THE HANDLE FOR THE PINS. THIS DOOR HAD 2 HINGES INSTALLED. ONLY 2 PINS WERE FOUND OPERATIONAL & THERE WAS NO OPERABLE OVERCENTER LOCKING MECHANISM.

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

DOOR,CARGO/BAGGAGE..IMPROPER

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

MAINTENANCE,INSTALLATION..IMPROPER..COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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