NTSB Identification: NYC99LA225.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 12, 1999 in TOMS RIVER, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/13/2001
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-201RT, registration: N8313R
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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While taking off from the originating airport, the pilot felt a slight impact on the right main landing gear about halfway down the runway. The takeoff was continued, and the airplane lifted off normally. The pilot attempted to retract the gear, and it would not retract. The flight was continued uneventfully to the destination airport and a landing was made on the damaged right main landing gear, which immediately collapsed. According to the airport manager at the originating airport the airplane 'seemed to use all of the available runway.' A second witness stated that the airplane used the whole runway and hit a 2-foot high berm at the end. 'It was the berm that put him into the air.' A passenger in the airplane stated the airplane lifted off about 2/3 of the way down the runway and heard a 'kabang' at the same time as the liftoff. Examination of the wreckage revealed that the right main landing gear forward retainer assembly and retaining bolt were sheared. When viewed from the face of the shear point, the forward retainer had a significant impact driving the landing gear rearward.

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

The pilot's failure to obtain proper clearance over an obstacle.

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