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N4513H accident description

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Crash location 42.638056°N, 83.992223°W
Nearest city Howell, MI
42.607255°N, 83.929395°W
3.8 miles away
Tail number N4513H
Accident date 27 Apr 2008
Aircraft type Mooney M20J
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The airplane received substantial damage on impact with terrain while turning back to the airport following takeoff from runway 31 (5,002 feet by 100 feet, concrete). The pilot reported that after takeoff the baggage door opened and the airplane stalled while returning to the airport. Damage to the airplane included a bent left wing.

NTSB Probable Cause

The inadvertent stall and low airspeed while maneuvering back to the departure airport after the baggage door opened in flight. An additional cause was the plot's diverted attention to the opening of the baggage door.

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