NTSB Identification: MKC84LA006.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21508.
Accident occurred Monday, October 24, 1983 in CHILLICOTHE, MO
Aircraft: PIPER PA31-350, registration: N62898
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 ARRIVAL, THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO LOWER THE GEAR, BUT ONLY 2 OF THE 3 WOULD INDICATE DOWN & SAFE. THE PLT WAS UNABLE TO EXTEND THE LEFT GEAR, SO HE CONTINUED FLYING FOR APRX 1 HR TO BURN DOWN FUEL, THEN INTENTIONALLY LANDED WITH THE GEAR UP. THE LANDING WAS MADE BEFORE DARK IN A GRASSY AREA BESIDE THE ACTIVE RWY. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE UP-LOCK ASSEMBLY, ROD END BEARING ATTACHMENT BOLT FOR THE LEFT GEAR HAD FAILED.

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

LANDING GEAR,GEAR LOCKING MECHANISM..FAILURE,TOTAL


Contributing Factors

WHEELS UP LANDING..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,MAIN GEAR..DISABLED

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