NTSB Identification: SEA98LA186.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, September 23, 1998 in CHRISTMASVALLEY, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/11/2000
Aircraft: Beech A35, registration: N516B
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that when he retracted the landing gear after takeoff, he heard a snap or pop. He flew around the pattern then entered downwind for landing. He stated that when he tried to extend the landing gear, the gear would not extend. He tried to hand crank the gear down, and found that the crank was jammed. He landed with the gear retracted. After the accident, the pilot found that a small cable in the wheelwell that ran from the nose-gear strut onto a pulley high in the wheelwell was entangled in the gear mechanism, jamming the gear and preventing the limit switches from making contact. The FAA inspector who examined the aircraft noted that the cable was badly corroded in the area of the break. The inspector also noted that the airplane had not been inspected by a mechanic for seven years.

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

A jammed nose gear. A corroded cable and the failure of the owner to have an annual inspection performed on the airplane were factors.

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