NTSB Identification: MKC83LA010
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 16, 1982 in MCCONNELL AFB, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/16/1983
Aircraft: BEECH E17L, registration: N15846
Injuries: 3 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.

AS THE AIRCRAFT ACCELERATED THROUGH 40 MPH DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL, A PASSENGER ADVISED THE PILOT THAT THE CABIN DOOR WAS UNLOCKED. THE PILOT REDUCED THE ENGINE POWER TO IDLE, REACHED BACK AND CLOSED THE DOOR. WHILE LATCHING THE DOOR, THE AIRCRAFT SWERVED TO THE RIGHT AND THE LEFT MAIN GEAR FAILED.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..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,PASSENGER..UNLOCKED


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND



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