NTSB Identification: MIA88LA113.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35861.
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 24, 1988 in JUPITER, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-30, registration: N7377Y
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 PLT STATED THAT HE HAD COMPLETED A LDG AWAY FROM HIS HOME BASE WITHOUT THE GEAR DOWN & LOCKED LIGHTS BEING ILLUMINATED. HE STATED THAT HE HAD ASSUMED THE LIGHTS WERE 'BURNED OUT'. UPON DEPARTURE, HE RETRACTED THE GEAR & FLEW TO HIS HOME AIRPORT. UPON ARRIVAL, HE AGAIN FAILED TO GET ANY GEAR DOWN & LOCKED LIGHT BUT CONTINUED HIS LDG APRCH. THE GEAR COLLAPSED ON TOUCH DOWN & THE ACFT SLID TO A STOP ON ITS BELLY. THE PLT STATED THAT THE LDG GEAR DRIVE MOTOR HAD BEEN BLOWING FUSES WHEN HE ATTEMPTED TO LOWER THE GEAR, BUT IT NEVER OCCURRED TO HIM TO EXTEND THE GEAR BY THE EMERG SYSTEM. THE ACFT WAS LATER RAISED FROM THE RWY & THE GEAR WAS EXTENDED BY THE EMERGENCY SYSTEM. AN EXAM OF THE GEAR MOTOR REVEALED THAT IT HAD BURNED OUT. THE ACFT WAS MANUFG IN 1964 & HAD FLOWN 2376 HRS SINCE THAT TIME. THE LDG MOTOR WAS AN ORIGINAL COMPONENT & HAD NEVER BEEN OVERHAULED. THE PLT STATED THAT IT WAS DUE TO HIS OVERSIGHT THAT HE FAILED TO EXTEND THE GEAR BY THE EMERGENCY SYSTEM.

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

GEAR DOWN AND LOCKED..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,NORMAL RETRACTION/EXTENSION ASSEMBLY..FAILURE,TOTAL


Contributing Factors

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..NOT CORRECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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