NTSB Identification: ERA14LA235
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 09, 2014 in Warrenton, VA
Aircraft: PACIFIC AEROSPACE CORP LTD 750XL, registration: N750SS
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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On May 9, 2014, about 1400 eastern daylight time, a Pacific Aerospace Corp 750XL, N750SS, experienced a left main landing gear separation following a hard landing and subsequent go-around at Warrenton Air Park (7VG0), Warrenton, Virginia. The pilot subsequently performed a precautionary landing at the airport and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing. The certificated commercial pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to Maxim Aviation LLC and was operated by DC Skydiving under the provision of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a skydiving flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that departed about 1330.
According to the pilot, about 15 feet above ground level, the airplane "broke from straight and level flight," the left main landing gear contacted the turf runway, and he immediately performed a go-around. Personnel on the ground contacted the pilot via radio and informed him that the left main landing gear had detached from the airplane. He elected to perform an emergency landing at the airport. Once the landing was assured he initiated an emergency shutdown procedure for the airplane and touched down on the right main landing gear, subsequently the left wing settled to the ground, and the airplane slid off the side of the runway.
Examination of the left main landing gear by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the landing gear attach bolts were fractured, and the nuts appeared to be loose; the left wing exhibited substantial damage.
The left main landing gear was retained for further examination.
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