NTSB Identification: LAX87LA170.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32802.
Accident occurred Sunday, April 05, 1987 in CALEXICO, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-200, registration: N3085R
Injuries: 2 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.

AT THE END OF A PLEASURE CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT, THE PLT REPORTED THAT UPON LANDING, THE ACFT VEERED TO THE LEFT, THE PLT CORRECTED TO THE RIGHT. THE ACFT VEERED TO THE LEFT AGAIN AND THE PLT CORRECTED TO THE RIGHT. THE ACFT THEN BEGAN TO TURN IN A CLOCKWISE DIRECTION WHEN THE LEFT MAIN GEAR COLLAPSED. INSPECTION OF THE LANDING SIGHT AND ACFT SHOWED TRACEABLE SIGNATURES WERE LEFT BY BOTH MAIN TIRES ON THE RUNWAY. THE LEFT MAIN GEAR WAS COLLAPSED INWARD. THE RIGHT MAIN GEAR SEPARATED FROM ITS TRUNNION FITTING, AND WAS PULLED OUT TOWARD THE RIGHT WING TIP. LATERAL STRESSES WERE SUCH ON THE NOSE GEAR THAT IT WAS BENT SIDEWAYS TO THE RIGHT.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LANDING GEAR,MAIN GEAR..SEPARATION

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

GROUND LOOP/SWERVE..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OPERATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DESIGN STRESS LIMITS OF AIRCRAFT..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

REMEDIAL ACTION..EXCESSIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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