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On 12 November 2012, Beechcraft Bonanza VH-SQI, was departing Kumarina Roadhouse airstrip, Western Australia for a fire reconnaissance flight.   On board were the pilot and one passenger.

As the aircraft accelerated for takeoff, the forward cabin door next to the passenger opened. The pilot elected to continue the takeoff and return to land at Kumarina, to secure the door.

To expedite the circuit and landing, the pilot left the aircraft in the take-off configuration, apart from retracting the landing gear. The pilot flew a  lower and tighter circuit than normal.

As the aircraft was flared for landing, the pilot realised he had forgotten his downwind and pre-landing checks. These included extending the landing gear. The aircraft landed with the wheels up and skidded to a halt on the runway.

This report highlights the risks associated with the distraction of an abnormal event during flight, and looks at Canadian research statistics from similar events at:

Transport Canada: Recommendations Concerning In-flight Opening of Doors on Small Aircrafts

Aviation Short Investigation Bulletin – Issue 15

 

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General details
Date: 12 November 2012 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0850 WST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Kumarina Roadhouse airstrip Occurrence type:Wheels up landing 
State: Western Australia Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 27 February 2013 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 36 
Aircraft registration: VH-SQI 
Serial number: E-218 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Serious 
Departure point:Kumarina Roadhouse WA
Destination:Unknown
 
 
 
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