NTSB Identification: MIA84LA263.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25457.
Accident occurred Friday, September 28, 1984 in NAPLES, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 421, registration: N11PM
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.
DURING CLIMBOUT ON THIS FAA CHECK RIDE THE ACFT EXPERIENCED A NOSE GEAR EXTENSION-RETRACTION MALFUNCTION OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN. THE PLT WAS UNABLE TO EXTEND THE NOSE GEAR FOR LANDING. ACCORDING TO THE FAA EXAMINER ON THE FLT, THE PIC SHUT DOWN BOTH ENGINES ON FINAL APCH TO MINIMIZE PROP/ENGINE DAMAGE DURING ROLLOUT. HE DID THIS AT A POINT SUCH THAT THE LOSSOF PWR PREVENTED THE ACFT FROM REACHING THE END OF THE RWY. THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN SHORT OF THE RWY THRESHOLD. THE SEVERITY OF THE DAMAGE WAS AGGRAVATED BY THE UNDERSHOOT, ACCORDING TO THE EXAMINER. ACCORDING TO THE PIC, HE LANDED IN THE GRASS BESIDE AND NOT BEFORE THE RWY THRESHOLD. THE FAA EXAMINER WAS IN THE REAR OF THE ACFT DURING LANDING TO AID INKEEPING THE NOSE UP DURING ROLLOUT. ACCORDING TO THE PIC, DAMAGE WAS LIMITED TO THE NOSE SECTION (RADAR ANTENNA) AND ONEBLADE ON EACH PROPELLER.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:LANDING GEAR,NORMAL RETRACTION/EXTENSION ASSEMBLY..FAILURE,PARTIAL
DESCENT..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND
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