NTSB Identification: NYC84LA141.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24388.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 24, 1984 in LAWRENCE, MA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23, registration: N2080P
Injuries: 3 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.

AS THE PLT COMPLETED HIS LANDING, HE LET THE ACFT ROLL-OUT TO THE INTERSECTION OF RWYS 32 & 23 WHERE HE INTENDED TO TURN OFF THE ACTIVE RWY. HE REPORTED THAT WHEN HE CAME TO THE INTERSECTION, THE RIGHT GEAR 'COLLAPSED' (RETRACTED) & THE ACFT SKIDDED TO THE RIGHT. HE STATED THAT THE ACFT CAME TO A STOP IN THE INTERSECTION, THEN THE LEFT GEAR ALSO 'COLLAPSED.' LATER, THE ACFT WAS PUT ON JACKS & THE LANDING GEAR WAS PUMPED DOWN. AN EXAM REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF A MECHANICAL PROBLEM, EXCEPT SAND WAS FOUND IN THE HINGE AREA OF THE LANDING GEAR. REPORTEDLY, THE SAND WOULD HAVE PREVENTED THE LANDING GEAR FROM PROPERLY LOCKING IN THE DOWN POSITION.

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

LANDING GEAR,GEAR LOCKING MECHANISM..FOREIGN OBJECT

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

LANDING GEAR,GEAR LOCKING MECHANISM..NOT ENGAGED

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