NTSB Identification: LAX85LA289.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27841.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 23, 1985 in LINCOLN, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-250, registration: N5916P
Injuries: 5 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 ARRIVAL AT DUSK, THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO LOWER THE LANDING GEAR, BUT DID NOT OBSERVE A GEAR DOWM LIGHT INDICATION. HE RECYCLED THE GEAR SEVERAL TIMES, THEN UTILIZED THE EMERGENCY GEAR EXTENTION SYS. HE STATED THAT WHEN HE USED THE EXTENTION SYS, HE RELEASED THE ELECTRIC GEAR MOTOR, THEN EXTENDED THE TELESCOPIC EMERGENCY ARM REARWARD. HOWEVER, THE ARM SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE FORWARD POSITION TO LOWER THE GEAR. ALSO, THE INVESTIGATOR NOTED THAT WHEN THE NAV LIGHTS WERE TURNED ON, THE GREEN GEAR DOWN & AMBER GEAR UP LIGHTS WOULD HAVE AUTOMATICALLY DIMMED. SUBSEQUENTLY, WHEN THE PLT LANDED, THE GEAR COLLAPSED, A FIRE ERUPTED & THE ACFT WAS DESTROYED. NO PRE-ACCIDENT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND DURING THE INVESTIGATION.

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK




Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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