NTSB Identification: ANC12CA015
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Thursday, December 15, 2011 in Hughes, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/28/2012
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31-350, registration: N9FW
Injuries: 3 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 operator reported that, after loading the airplane, the pilot started to taxi, and the left engine's propeller struck a piece of baggage that was left on the ramp after a prior flight. The propeller picked up the baggage and threw it onto the upper left side of the fuselage, resulting in substantial damage.

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

The pilot did not clear the area surrounding the airplane prior to taxi, resulting in the airplane contacting a piece of baggage.

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