NTSB Identification: ATL83LA069
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Monday, December 20, 1982 in COLUMBIA, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-34-200, registration: N41336
Injuries: 1 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.
THE PILOT LANDED ON RUNWAY 23 WITH WINDS THAT WERE VARIABLE FROM 250 TO 290 DEG AT 14 GUSTING 24 KTS. WITH THESE WINDS, THE MAXIMUM CROSSWIND COMPONENT WOULD HAVE BEEN ABOUT 21 KTS. THE MAXIMUM DEMONSTRATED CROSSWIND COMPONENT FOR THIS AIRCRAFT WAS 15 KTS. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT DURING LANDING, HE FELT A SEVERE VIBRATION THAT BEGUN ABOUT 300 FT AFTER TOUCHDOWN, AND SUBSEQUENTLY, THE LEFT MAIN GEAR COLLAPSED. AN EXAMINATION OF THE LANDING GEAR REVEALED THAT THE LEFT MAIN GEAR TRUSS BRACKET STUD, PN 78717-2, HAD FAILED FROM OVERLOAD FORCES. NO EVIDENCE OF FATIGUE WAS FOUND.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND
WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND
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