Preliminary Accident Reports

November 2010 Issue

September 19, 2010, South Bimini, Bahamas, Piper PA-31-350

The airplane was on initial climb-out at 1440 Eastern time when the lower half of the main cabin door came open. The pilot reversed course and returned to the departure airport. The right main tire blew out on the landing roll. The airplane went off the right side of the runway, struck a tree, caught fire and came to a complete stop. Visual conditions prevailed.

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