NTSB Identification: CHI96LA127.
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Accident occurred Friday, March 29, 1996 in EAU CLAIRE, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/18/1997
Aircraft: Socata TBM-700, registration: N292RG
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The pilot reported that an 'unsafe gear door light' was displayed 'shortly after departing.' He recycled the landing gear. The right main landing gear did not extend. He performed several normal and emergency gear extension attempts with no success. He had several telephone patch conversations with the airplane manufacturer and flight safety. The right main landing gear could not be lowered. He orbited to burn down fuel, declared an emergency, and conducted a gear up landing. Examination of the right main landing gear revealed a fatigue fracture in the right inboard landing gear door forward hinge bracket. The door was wedged in the wheel well.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

fatigue fracture and subsequent failure of the gear door hinge bracket.

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