NTSB Identification: ATL02IA065.
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Incident occurred Thursday, March 14, 2002 in Greenville, MS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/23/2003
Aircraft: Beech C24R, registration: N6753L
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.

The airplane's nose wheel and nose gear housing fell onto the runway during takeoff. The pilot returned to the airport and executed an emergency gear-up landing on a foamed runway. Examination of the outboard nose gear housing flange revealed it was completely fractured approximately 300 degrees in the area where the nose gear yoke assembly connects to the housing. The left and right tow-limit stop bolts for the nose gear were bent. There was no record of previous damage or a known overstress event involving the nose gear assembly. Scanning electron microscope examination of the fractures revealed no evidence of fatigue. Laboratory-induced overstress of the component produced a fracture surface similar in morphology to the examined fractures.

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

An overload failure of the nose gear assembly for undetermined reasons.

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