NTSB Identification: LAX82FVG18
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 27, 1982 in SACRAMENTO, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/27/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 320C, registration: N14MC
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

ON THE PREVIOUS FLIGHT, THE LANDING GEAR WAS CYCLED TWO OR THREE TIMES WITHOUT A SAFE INDICATION WHILE USING THE NORMAL GEAR EXTENSION SYSTEM. THE GEAR WAS THEN HAND CRANKED DOWN AND A SAFE LIGHT WAS OBTAINED. AFTER THE FLIGHT, A GEAR RETRACTION TEST WAS COMPLETED BY A LOCAL FACILITY. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE HAD RECEIVED A PHONE CALL FROM THIS FACILITY AND WAS INFORMED THAT THE GEAR HAD BEEN CYCLED THREE TIMES AND WAS OK FOR FLIGHT. HOWEVER, AS THE STARTED TO TAXI ON THE NEXT FLIGHT, THE LEFT GEAR COLLAPSED AFTER THE PLANE TRAVELED ABOUT EIGHT TO TEN FEET. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE "PUSH-PULL" ROD, PN 081-000-58, ON THE DOWNLOCK ASSEMBLY HAD BEEN BENT. THIS COULD RESULT IN A REDUCTION OF THE TRAVEL OF THE LANDING GEAR, NOT ALLOWING THE GEAR TO TRAVEL TO THE FULL DOWN AND LOCK POSITION.

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

LANDING GEAR,NORMAL RETRACTION/EXTENSION ASSEMBLY..BENT

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

MAINTENANCE,INSPECTION..INADEQUATE..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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