NTSB Identification: ANC04LA099.
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Accident occurred Thursday, July 29, 2004 in Yakutat, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/28/2004
Aircraft: Cessna U206G, registration: N9178G
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The operator of the Title 14, CFR Part 91 flight reported that during the takeoff roll, the aft cargo door opened and struck the fuselage, which resulted in substantial damage to several fuselage stringers. The operator noted that the pilot had opened the cargo door prior to the accident flight to load equipment. Postaccident inspection by the operator's maintenance personnel disclosed no mechanical problem with the door, and the operator reported the door could not be inadvertently opened when it was properly closed and latched.

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

The pilot's inadequate preflight inspection, and his failure to secure the cargo door, which resulted in the cargo door coming open during the takeoff roll.

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