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NTSB Identification: WPR15LA179
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 29, 2015 in Glendale, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/23/2017
Aircraft: BURR EXPRESS 2000 RG, registration: N44508
Injuries: 2 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 private pilot reported that, following a normal landing in the experimental amateur-built airplane, he applied beta thrust to decelerate the airplane and lightly applied the brakes. Suddenly, the left main landing gear collapsed, and the airplane swerved to the left. The airplane departed the runway surface and the left wing impacted a runway sign. Postaccident examination revealed that the left main landing gear actuator heim rod failed where the threads met the rod end; however, the rod was not made available for further examination, and the reason for the landing gear collapse could not be determined.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • A collapse of the left main landing gear for reasons that could not be determined based on the available information.