On May 27, 1996, at 2030 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28- 201T, N77782, experienced a gear collapse following a loss of directional control while landing at the Colonel James Jabara Airport, Wichita, Kansas. The 14 CFR Part 91 flight had been operating on an IFR flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site. The pilot and three passengers were not injured. The flight originated from Rogers, Arkansas, at 1900 cdt.

The pilot stated that upon landing the right main gear collapsed. He reported that the airplane slid on the right wing prior to coming to a stop off the left side of the runway.

The wreckage was inspected by an inspector from the Wichita Flight Standards District Office of the Federal Aviation Administration. The inspector reported that the airplane traveled off the east side of the runway and spun around 150 degrees prior to coming to rest. He reported that skid marks from the main landing gear were visible up to the point where the airplane departed the left side of the runway. He continued to report that tire tracks were visible in the grass almost to the point where the right main gear collapsed and the airplane came to rest.

The landing was being made on runway 18 (6,100' x 100') with reported winds from 280 degrees at 16 knots gusting to 20 knots.

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