NTSB Identification: DEN87LA185.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34723.
Accident occurred Friday, July 17, 1987 in GRANDFORKS, ND
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/07/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-30, registration: N7722Y
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 COMMERCIAL PLT WAS FLYING CROSS COUNTRY ON A PERSONAL FLIGHT. AFTER TAKEOFF DURING GEAR RETRACTION, A LOUD NOISE WAS HEARD IN THE COCKPIT. UPON REACHING THE FIRST DESTINATION, THE PLT ATTEMPTED GEAR DOWN BUT GEAR DID NOT EXTEND. MANUAL EXTENSION WAS ATTEMPTED BUT TO NO AVAIL. THE PLT RETURNED TO HOME AIRPORT AND MADE A GEAR UP LANDING. POST ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REVEALED EVIDENCE OF NOSE GEAR CENTERING MECHANISM DISLODGED AND BINDING.

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

LANDING GEAR,STEERING SYSTEM..BINDING(MECHANICAL)

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

GEAR EXTENSION..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LANDING GEAR,STEERING SYSTEM..DISENGAGED

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