NTSB Identification: WPR13LA034
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 27, 2012 in Payson, AZ
Aircraft: JEFFAIR BARRACUDA, registration: N19GS
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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On October 27, 2012, about 0925 mountain standard time, an experimental amateur-built JeffAir Barracuda, N19GS, was substantially damaged when all three landing gear collapsed after touchdown on runway 6 at Payson airport (PAN), Payson, Arizona. Neither the pilot/owner nor his passenger was injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight.
According to the pilot, the airplane landing gear system was equipped with three green annunciation lights that illuminate when the landing gear is fully extended for landing, and three amber annunciation lights that illuminate when the landing gear is fully retracted. On departure from Ernest A. Love field, (PRC), Prescott, Arizona, for PAN, the pilot noticed that the nose landing gear (NLG) amber light illuminated about 5 to 8 seconds after the two main landing gear (MLG) lights; normally all three illuminate approximately simultaneously. The pilot was uncertain whether there really was a problem, and the airplane operated normally for most of the remainder of the flight. In the traffic pattern at PAN, after the pilot selected the landing gear to the extended position, he observed that the two green MLG lights illuminated, but the green NLG light did not. He conducted a low flyby of the airport, and a ground observer radioed that the NLG appeared to be fully extended. The pilot then conducted a normal landing, but the NLG retracted when the pilot lowered the nose of the airplane. Very shortly thereafter, the two MLG then retracted, and the airplane slid to a stop on the runway. At least one of the MLG pushed up through the upper wing skin after the unintentional retraction. The airplane was partially disassembled, and transported to the pilot's hangar at PRC for possible detailed examination.
According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) information, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with airplane single and multi-engine ratings. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued in November 2011. According to the pilot, he had a total flight experience of about 2,500 hours, including about 40 hours in the accident airplane make and model.
The PAN 1635 automated weather observation included winds from 130 degrees at 8 knots; visibility 10 miles; clear skies; temperature 13 degrees C; dew point -8 degrees C; and an altimeter setting of 30.18 inches of mercury.
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