Hard landing Accident Socata TB200 N3052N, 23 Oct 2009
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 286457
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Time:16:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic TB20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Socata TB200
Owner/operator:Edwards Air Force Base Aero Club
Registration: N3052N
MSN: 1564
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Edwards, California -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Muroc AFB, CA (EDW/KEDW)
Destination airport:Tehachapi-Kern County Airport, CA (TSP/KTSP)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
In a written statement, the pilot reported that shortly after departure, with the airplane about 30 to 40 feet above ground level (agl), the left door opened. The gull-wing type door prohibited the pilot from being able to reach its latch without him unfastening his seatbelt. Given the airplane was only about 3,000 feet down the 8,000-foot-long runway, the pilot opted to abort the takeoff by retarding the throttle to the idle position. The sun was reflecting off the windscreen hindering the pilot's vision and he could not ascertain the airplane's height above the runway surface. The airplane landed hard, incurring structural damage to the airframe. The pilot stated that accident could have been prevented if there was more emphasis in "door operation" when performing a check in a different make and model airplane. The pilot further added that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airframe or engine.

Probable Cause: The pilot's improper flare resulting in a hard landing. Contributing to the accident was the sunglare.



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

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03-Oct-2022 11:06 ASN Update Bot Added

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