Date & Time: Sep 19, 2010 at 1440 LT
Type of aircraft:
Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain
Landing (descent or approach)
Charter/Taxi (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
South Bimini - Fort Lauderdale
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Twin engine aircraft was outbound to Fort Lauderdale on a taxi flight with six passengers and a pilot on board. Shortly after take off at South Bimini Airport, the lower half of the main cabin door came open. The pilot reversed his course and returned to the departure airport, landing on runway 27. The right main landing gear 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 meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight plan was filed. Aircraft was destroyed by fire.
Inadvertent opening of the main cabin door after take off.