NTSB Identification: FTW00LA121.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 09, 2000 in FAYETTEVILLE, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/17/2001
Aircraft: Piper PA-34-200T, registration: N1571X
Injuries: 5 Uninjured.

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The pilot reported that upon touchdown, the airplane 'felt like it had a flat tire and started pulling hard right.' Subsequently, the airplane exited the runway surface, the landing gear collapsed, and the airplane came to a stop upright. Examination of the landing gear revealed that the inboard half of the right main landing gear wheel had fractured through approximately 120 degrees of the flange. The fracture surface was examined at the NTSB Materials Laboratory in Washington, D.C., and exhibited striations, crack arrest positions, and ratchet marks, all of which are typical of fatigue propagation. The origin of the fatigue could not be determined as a result of rubber deposits on the fracture surface.

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

The failure of the inboard half of the right main landing gear wheel as a result of fatigue.

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