NTSB Identification: MIA89LA116.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38578.
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 28, 1989 in SARASOTA, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/28/1991
Aircraft: BEECH B55, registration: N3122W
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 ACFT WAS TAKING OFF FROM THE ROUGH GRASS PRIVATE STRIP & WAS APCHG 70 MPH, WHEN THE RGT MAIN GEAR COLLAPSED. THE ACFT THEN VEERED INTO A CANAL WHICH PARALLELED THE RWY. WITNESSES STATED THE RGT GEAR APPEARED TO STRIKE A SUNKEN SPOT ON THE RWY JUST AS THE GEAR COLLAPSED. FAA PSNL EXAMINED THE ACFT & NOTED DAMAGE TO THE GEAR THAT WAS CONSISTENT WITH THE WITNESS OBSERVATIONS. ALL DAMAGE APPEARED TO BE IMPACT RELATED. THE 15-YR-OLD ACFT WITH 3125 AIRFRAME HRS HAD BEEN OPERATING FROM THIS ROUGH STRIP FOR THE PREVIOUS 10 YRS. THE GEAR HAD BEEN SUBJECTED TO HEAVIER THAN NORMAL LOADS. THE ACFT HAD BEEN SCHEDULED FOR AN ANNUAL INSPN IN ABOUT 3 DAYS.

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

UNEVEN RUNWAY CONDITION (SUNKEN SPOT).

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