Saturday, March 12, 2022

Cessna 310R, N3UR: Accident occurred March 10, 2022 and Incident occurred February 03, 2021

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas 

Moroney Aviation LLC

Location: McGrath, Alaska
Accident Number: WPR22LA124
Date and Time: March 10, 2022, 14:30 Local
Registration: N3UR
Aircraft: Cessna 310R 
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On March 10 2022, about 1430 Alaska daylight time, a Cessna 310R twin-engine airplane, N3UR, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near McGrath, Alaska. The pilot and three passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, he back taxied along runway 16 towards the departure end of the runway. When he arrived at the end of the runway, he started to turn to the airplane to align it with the reciprocal runway. However, as he began the turn, the right main landing gear collapsed and the wing and propeller both contacted the runway. The accident pilot, who was also a certificated aircraft mechanic, stated that he completed a preliminary inspection of the right main landing gear, which revealed that the retraction lug on the gear trunnion had separated and a bolt had sheared, which allowed the gear lock down arm to fold and the landing gear to retract inward on the landing gear door.

Photographs provided by the pilot showed substantial damage to the elevator.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3UR
Model/Series: 310R 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAMC,338 ft msl 
Observation Time: 14:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: -4°C /-8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 10°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 2200 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.72 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: McGrath, AK
Destination: Ruby, AK (PARY)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 62.952784,-155.60704

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fairbanks, Alaska

February 03, 2021: Aircraft right main gear collapsed while taxiing for departure and incurred a propeller strike at Goodnews Airport (GNU), Alaska. 

Tucker Aviation Inc 

Date: 03-FEB-21
Time: 21:00:00Z
Regis#: N3UR
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 310
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: TUCKER AVIATION

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