Accident Beechcraft 1900D N39ZV, Thursday 15 December 1994
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Date:Thursday 15 December 1994
Type:Silhouette image of generic B190 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft 1900D
Owner/operator:United Express, opb Mesa Airlines
Registration: N39ZV
MSN: UE-39
Year of manufacture:1993
Total airframe hrs:4314 hours
Engine model:P&W PT6A-67D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 15
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:Farmington Municipal Airport, NM (FMN) -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Farmington Municipal Airport, NM (FMN/KFMN)
Destination airport:Durango-La Plata Airport, CO (DRO/KDRO)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The Beech 1900D, N39ZV, was substantially damaged when the aft cargo door opened during takeoff at Farmington, New Mexico. There were no injuries to the two pilots and 13 passengers. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed.
As the airplane was rotated for liftoff, the aft cargo door opened and a piece of baggage fell onto the runway. This was corroborated by witnesses. The pilot elected to continue the takeoff, then returned for an uneventful landing. Post accident inspection disclosed damage to the cargo door frame, pressure vessel, and dorsal fin. There was no evidence of failure or malfunction of the cargo door locking system.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Ground personnel failed to properly secure the cargo door."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: FTW95LA088
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 months
Download report: Final report



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