NTSB Identification: CHI05IA273.
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Nonscheduled 14 CFR operation of Gulf and Caribbean Cargo, Inc.
Incident occurred Thursday, September 22, 2005 in Kenosha, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/29/2006
Aircraft: Convair Div. of Gen. Dynamics 440, registration: N181FL
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 airplane sustained minor damage during takeoff when the cargo shifted and the airplane settled on its tail. The takeoff was aborted and the airplane remained on the runway. The Captain reported that the flight had arrived at the airport at 2350. The flight crew un-strapped the freight, but left the cargo door closed due to thunderstorms in the area. The Captain reported that they waited for 1.5 hours for the ground crew to arrive to off-load the cargo. When the ground crew failed to arrive, the Captain contacted the company. The company requested the flight crew to reposition the airplane to another airport and have the cargo off-loaded there. The flight crew prepared for the flight by checking the weather and completing the required paperwork. The Captain reported, "Since we un-strapped the freight for off load almost 2 hours ago, we didn't think to check the freight." The Captain reported that they initiated its takeoff roll, but after about 400 feet, the cargo shifted and the airplane's tail struck the runway.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this incident to be: The flight crew failed to verify that the cargo was secured before takeoff. Full narrative available
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