NTSB Identification: FTW83LA055
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, December 06, 1982 in LOVINGTON, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/06/1983
Aircraft: BEECH 58, registration: N18HM
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.

THE PILOT REPORTED THAT WHILE TAKING OFF WITH A LIGHT CROSSWIND, THE RIGHT PASSENGER DOOR OPENED. WHILE TRYING TO CATCH PAPERS AND HOLD THE DOOR, THE RIGHT PROPELLER STRUCK THE RUNWAY AND THE RIGHT MAIN GEAR BEGAN COLLAPSING. BY THIS TIME, THE PILOT DECIDED THERE WAS INSUFFICIENT RUNWAY REMAINING TO ABORT, SO HE CONTINUED THE TAKEOFF. AN EMERGENCY LANDING WAS MADE ON THE SAME RUNWAY BY SETTING THE PLANE DOWN ON THE LEFT MAIN AND NOSE GEAR. AS THE SPEED REDUCED, THE RIGHT WING SETTLED AND A PROPELLER BLADE SEPARATED AND PENETRATED THE FUSELAGE. NO DISCREPANCY WAS REPORTED CONCERNING THE DOOR LATCH.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND




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