This April 2008 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
Aircraft: Cessna 310. Injuries: None. Location: Roswell, N.M. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was taxiing to the parking area. While initiating a left turn, the right main landing gear collapsed, resulting in substantial damage to the right wing and horizontal stabilizer. An FAA inspector did an on-scene investigation and determined that the landing gear was not properly reassembled after maintenance was performed. The certified airframe and powerplant mechanic left out a bushing on the right main landing gear side link lower attach point. The incorrect reassembly allowed the down-lock tension to fall below allowable limits during subsequent cycles of the landing gear system, resulting in the gear collapse.
Probable cause: The mechanic’s incorrect reassembly of the landing gear.
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