NTSB Identification: ANC91LA043.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 44427.
Scheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Saturday, March 30, 1991 in KENAI, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/13/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31T, registration: N308SC
Injuries: 10 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 AN UNSAFE NOSE GEAR LIGHT, FOLLOWING THE AFTER TAKEOFF GEAR RETRACTION. THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO LOWER THE NOSE GEAR AND LANDED AT THE DESTINATION AIRPORT WITH IT RETRACTED. INVESTIGATION FOUND THAT THE NOSE GEAR SHIMMY DAMPNER HAD FAILED AND HAD BECOME JAMMED IN THE WHEEL WELL WHEN RETRACTED. THE FAILED SHIMMY DAMPNER WAS BLAMED ON THE ROUGH ICE AND SNOW COVERED RAMPS AT THE ORIGIN AND DESTINATION AIRPORTS.

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

THE FAILED NOSE GEAR SHIMMY DAMPNER, CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE ROUGH ICE AND SNOW COVERED RAMPS WHERE THE AIRPLANE HAD BEEN OPERATING AND THE LACK OF MAINTENANCE ON THE RUNWAYS.

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