Sunday, August 07, 2022

Cessna 310P, N310WN: Incident occurred August 03, 2022 at Smith Reynolds Airport (KINT), Winston Salem, North Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

Aircraft gear collapsed on landing.  

Date: 03-AUG-22
Time: 16:11:00Z
Regis#: N310WN
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 310
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91


  1. Nose gear linkage broke upon retract while taking off at Wilkes County Airport (UKF). Nose gear was seen dangling in the slipstream during a fly by. Pilot then opted to land at Smith Reynolds Airport (KINT) in Winston Salem where they had emergency equipment. Without being locked in either position the nose gear pivoted back on touch down and the plane came to rest on its nose.

  2. An FAA inspector found the nose gear door linkage was not attached to the nose gear door hinges, allowing them to close in the slip stream and jam the nose gear during retract. Maintenance records revealed the O2 bottle had just been replaced. This requires disconnecting the linkage to fully open the nose gear doors to access the bottle mount. It now appears the mechanic who installed the bottle failed to reattach the linkage. It also appears the pilot didn't perform a preflight inspection prior to take off after maintenance.