Close-Up: Fatal Crash of Piper Aztec at Carson City, Nevada

In November 1997, reader Eric Gourley a 7000-hour corporate pilot and multiengine instructor sent AVweb his eyewitness account of a horrifying stall/spin/burn departure accident at the Carson City, Nev., airport that fatally injured the pilot and his three passengers. Gourley's impression at the time was that the crash was caused by a mishandled engine failure and ensuing Vmc roll. A year later, the NTSB issued its detailed final report on the accident, and attributed the tragedy to an unlatched nose baggage door. Here are both reports in their entirety. They make sobering reading.

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