NTSB Identification: DFW08CA194.
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Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Thursday, July 17, 2008 in Midland, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/26/2008
Aircraft: Beech 65-A80, registration: N6AQ
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot elected to return to the airport following the display of an unsafe landing gear light. Following a flyby and visual check by the airport's control tower, the pilot proceeded to land. During touchdown the main landing gear collapsed and the airplane's belly sustained structural damage. An examination of the landing gear revealed that the failure was due to sound proofing material being caught in the landing gear retraction/extension mechanism.

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

The failure of the landing gear retraction/extension mechanism due to it being jammed by displaced sound proofing material.

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