NTSB Identification: MIA85LA169.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28493.
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 15, 1985 in LAKELAND, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 421B, registration: N8083Q
Injuries: 4 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.

DURING TAKEOFF AT LAKELAND, FL, THE LEFT MAIN WHEEL ASSEMBLY SEPARATED FROM THE ACFT & STRUCK THE LEADING EDGE OF THE HORIZONTAL STABILIZER, CAUSING SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE. THE PLT DID NOT KNOW THE WHEEL HAD COME OFF UNTIL HE WAS NOTIFIED BY ATC. HE THEN DIVERTED TO TAMPA & MADE 2 LOW PASSES TO COMFIRM THE PROBLEM. HE ELECTED TO LAND GEAR UP ON RWY 27 AT TAMPA. AN EXAM REVEALED THAT THE OUTER WHEEL BEARING HAD FAILED WHICH ALLOWED THE LEFT MAIN WHEEL TO SEPARATE FROM THE AXLE.

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

LANDING GEAR,WHEEL..FAILURE,PARTIAL




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