June 3, Upland, Calif. / Mooney M20F


At 07:19 Pacific time, a Mooney M20F veered off the runway and came to rest in a ditch during takeoff at Cable Airport. The pilot and one passenger were not injured, two other passengers received minor injuries. The pilot reported that the cabin door came open during takeoff. He intended to continue the takeoff and return to land and close the door; however, the passenger in the right front seat panicked. In the time necessary to calm and reassure the passenger, the pilot lost directional control of the aircraft and it drifted off the runway to the left.


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