Investigation number
199500883
Occurrence date
State
New South Wales
Report release date
Report status
Final
Investigation type
Occurrence Investigation
Investigation status
Completed
Aviation occurrence type
Forced/precautionary landing
Occurrence category
Accident

The left side cabin door opened in flight, shortly after take-off. The pilot reduced power and attempted to close the door. When he found he was unable to close the door against the aerodynamic forces, he transmitted a "MAYDAY" call, advising of his intention to force land the aircraft. The aircraft was landed in a paddock with a soft surface, resulting in the nose landing gear being torn off. A post flight inspection found no defects with the door latches. It is likely that the pilot failed to latch the cabin door properly before flight.

Aircraft Details
Departure point
Tamworth NSW
Destination
Tamworth NSW
Model
TB-10
Sector
Piston
Registration
VH-YTQ
Damage
Substantial
Manufacturer
S.O.C.A.T.A.-Groupe Aerospatiale