Date: January 05, 2008
Time: 13:43
Location: Kodiak, Alaska
Operator: Servant Air
Flight #: ?
Route: Kodiak - Homer
AC Type: Piper PA-31-350 Navajo
Registration: N509FN
cn / ln: 31-7952162
Aboard: 10   (passengers:9  crew:1)
Fatalities: 6   (passengers:5  crew:1)
Ground: 0
Summary: The charter aircraft crashed into Kodiak harbor, 50 yards beyond the end of the runway, after taking off from Kodiak Airport. One of the survivors said a baggage area door opened at the nose of the plane on the pilotís side that prompted the pilot to try to return to the airport. Failure of company maintenance personnel to ensure that the airplane's nose baggage door latching mechanism was properly configured and maintained, resulting in an inadvertent opening of the nose baggage door in flight. Contributing to the accident were the lack of information and guidance available to the operator and pilot regarding procedures to follow should a baggage door open in flight and an inadvertent aerodynamic stall.

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