NTSB Identification: NYC04CA207.
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Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 08, 2004 in Charleston, WV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/03/2004
Aircraft: Cessna 402C, registration: N5774C
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The airplane was departing on a wet runway. About halfway down the runway, during rotation, the left nose cargo door opened. The pilot aborted the takeoff, but the airplane traveled off the end of the runway and struck an embankment. Review of the airplane information manual revealed that an open cargo door would not strike the propeller or cause any unusual handling characteristics; and that a takeoff with an open cargo door could be successfully completed. Examination of the airplane did not reveal any pre-impact mechanical discrepancies, nor did the pilot report any.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's improper decision to abort the takeoff with insufficient runway remaining. A factor was the wet runway.
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