The pilot reported that after landing at the airport in Glendale, Ariz., and during the turn onto a taxiway intersection, he inadvertently raised the landing gear lever by mistake, rather than the adjacent flap lever.
The left landing gear collapsed, which caused the left wing tip to strike the ground.
The impact resulted in substantial damage to the left wing of the Grumman TBM-3E.
The pilot stated that the accident could have been prevented had he waited until he was clear of the runway, stopped, and identified the flap switch.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot inadvertently raised the landing gear lever rather than the adjacent flap level while exiting the runway, which resulted in the retraction of the left main landing gear.
NTSB Identification: WPR14CA143
This March 2014 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.