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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 180057
Last updated: 3 August 2019
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Date:30-SEP-2015
Time:15:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft V35B Bonanza
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N800JT
C/n / msn: D-9231
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Near West Houston Airport (KIWS), Houston, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Houston, TX (IWS)
Destination airport:Houston, TX (DWH)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The private pilot reported that this was his first solo flight in this airplane. During the takeoff roll, the pilot reported that the main cabin door "popped open" around 60 knots. Believing he had sufficient runway remaining to stop, he reduced power to idle and applied "maximum braking." Subsequently, the airplane overran the runway surface and came to rest in a creek about 72 feet past the end of the runway. The pilot reported that the braking action available was "insufficient" to stop within the remaining runway distance.

During a postaccident examination, a Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Safety Inspector performed an inspection and functional check of the brakes and no anomalies were found. Additionally, the inspector found skid marks that were 501 feet in length before the end of the runway. The left and right wing both sustained substantial damage.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to properly secure the cabin door prior to takeoff, resulting in the door opening during takeoff, an aborted takeoff, runway overrun, and collision with terrain.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20151007X44823&key=1
FAA register: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=800JT

https://flightaware.com/photos/view/3-8ed686776982110f9a43ae01e21e982c4520f0ce


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
01-Oct-2015 00:56 Geno Added
01-Oct-2015 03:14 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
01-Oct-2015 20:52 Geno Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
01-Dec-2017 15:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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