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Piper PA-28R-201 Cherokee Arrow III, N3836M: Accident occurred October 16, 2013 at Henderson Executive Airport (KHND), Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: WPR14CA018
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 16, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/04/2014
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28R-201, registration: N3836M
Injuries: 2 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 reported that after successfully completing three practice touch-and-go landings, he extended the landing gear for a fourth landing and noted that the left main gear indicator light was not illuminated. The pilot cycled the landing gear and all three lights then illuminated. A touch-and-go was accomplished and the landing gear was retracted. During the final landing, the landing gear was extended and the left main landing gear light did not illuminate. The pilot cycled the landing gear, however this time the light did not illuminate and he could not confirm that the left main gear was down and locked. The landing approach was continued and shortly after touchdown, the left main landing gear collapsed. The left wing contacted the runway surface and the airplane departed the left side of the runway, coming to rest in a ditch. The left wing and stabilator were substantially damaged.

Postaccident examination of the left main landing gear wheel well revealed excessive corrosion, dirt, and wear on the landing gear control arm, strut, torque link, gear spring, and associated connections. During a manual extension of the left main landing gear, the gear locked into the down position and the cockpit gear indicator light illuminated. 

A review of the airplane's maintenance records revealed that a 100-hour inspection was completed about 2 months before the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The collapse of a main landing gear for reasons that could not be determined due to no postaccident examination of the airframe.

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