NTSB Identification: LAX01LA143.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, March 20, 2001 in Fullerton, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/28/2001
Aircraft: Beech C35, registration: N7MK
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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On the landing rollout the right main landing gear began to collapse. The right wing struck a runway exit sign as the flight instructor aborted the landing then made an uneventful landing at home base. The purpose of the flight was to provide transition training for insurance coverage for the owner. After touchdown the pilot observed a 5-knot crosswind from the left and applied left aileron to correct for it. The airplane veered to the right contacting the runway exit sign. There was damage to the inside of the right main tire, the inner landing gear door, the right main gear actuating arm, and the right wheel well aft bulkhead that was consistent with premature retraction of the landing gear. The landing gear was electrically tested with no mechanical anomalies noted.

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

The premature retraction of the landing gear and the failure of the CFI to properly supervise the flight.

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